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Yesterday (Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008) the temperature (in Shrewsbury,MA) rose to 95F (Real Feel: 102F) breaking the record of 91F set in 1984. The temperature in Westborough,MA was High: 96F (Real Feel: 107F). (Source: AccuWeather).

During such extreme climatic conditions it is advised to periodically replenish your body’s fluid intake.

Unbalanced replacement of fluids causes Dehydration. Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. This in turn increases the risk for heat illness, extreme fatigue, muscle cramps, headaches, nausea, heat stroke, injury and delayed recovery.

I must confess that I am lazy when it comes to drinking water or any other fluids. However, in an effort to maintain a healthy and a balanced life, recently I have chosen to improve my hydration habits :.

1. As per FluidMovement.co.uk, Fluid intake to meet base daily needs (in ounces) is approximately half your body weight (in pounds). Everyday, I drink at least 8-10 glasses (75 OZ) of liquid per day.

2. Water alone can’t treat dehydration. Once you’re dehydrated you have to replenish salts, sugars and basic nutrients. Many common food items are mostly water. Everyday, I drink one glass of fruit juice (Orange/Carrot) and I eat a fruit to balance my nutrients intake.

3. In Summer, I like to hike nearby mountains (like Mt. Greylock – highest peak in Massachusetts). I have ordered a Hydration Pack to keep myself hydrated during the trail walk.

4. Milk contains 89% of water. I drink one cup of milk every morning. I drink a glass of water before I go to bed at night.

5. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated – you want to avoid becoming thirsty in the first place. During the day time, every two hours I drink a cup of water.

To keep hydrated, I have educated myself with the symptoms of dehydration. So, (as I have chosen) get in the habit of drinking more fluids and keep yourself hydrated.

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