A sweltering heat wave is rolling over Michigan as Fourth of July approaches. It’s the prime week to be outdoors as friends and family gather on their days off to grill, get out on the lake, enjoy fireworks and more. This year, as you spend your holidays in the sun, be sure to take extra precautions to stay safe in this scorching weather. Take these tips for staying hydrated, along with a delicious Fourth of July water recipe from our water treatment experts to have a safe and hydrated Independence Day.
4 Tips to Stay Hydrated in Hot Weather
The key to beat the heat is quite simple: Drink water! And plenty of it. When you’re sweating and in fatigue from the sun, and on top of that, snacking on fried and salty foods, your body will be craving nothing but water. These 4 tips will help keep you consistently hydrated so you can fully enjoy your holiday even in hot weather.
- Stick to Water
- Refill Your Water
- Keep Track of Water Consumption
- Choose High Water Content Foods
Avoid alcohol if you can as this will dehydrate you and try to reduce your intake of caffeinated drinks like soda. With the high sugar concentration, soda doesn’t do a great job of rehydrating your body. A nice, cold glass of water will be your best bet for staying hydrated in the summer heat.
If you are heading out to the lake, camping or going to a festival this Fourth of July, make sure you are prepared with plenty of water on-hand. Fill a cooler with enough water for everyone or take a large water jug along to stay hydrated while you are out. Also, look out for water refilling stations wherever you are in case of emergency.
Set a schedule to remind yourself to drink water throughout the day. It’s easy to forget the importance of staying hydrated while in the midst of Fourth of July festivities. This can be especially dangerous when out during peak sun hours. On the contrary, you don’t want to drink an excess amount of water as this can cause water poisoning, known as hyponatremia.
Snack on fruits and vegetables that contain high water content. You’d be amazed how much water is packed in some of these colorful foods! A big hitter are cucumbers which contain about 96% water per volume! Strawberries and watermelon are also quite the water jugs with about 92% water, and blueberries contain about 85% water. Even more you can do to stay hydrated this Fourth of July, and have fun with it at the same time, is to try an infused water recipe! Enjoy a refreshing cup of water with a sweet kick with this Red, White & Blueberry Infused Water recipe:
- 1 pint strawberries, rinsed
- 1 pint blueberries, rinsed
- 1 small seedless watermelon
- 2 gallons of water
- Slice strawberries in half from the stem to the tip.
- Slice the watermelon into 1-inch cubes. For added flair, cut the watermelon into thin sheets instead and use a small star cookie cutter to cut out star-shaped watermelon pieces.
- Pour filtered water into a large water dispenser or container.
- One hour before serving, add sliced strawberries, watermelon and blueberries into the water.
- Serve over ice.