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HF HEALTH + FITNESS Whether you’ve lived here for years or are just passing through, you know Oklahoma gets hot — triple-digit-degrees-for-days hot. If you’re new here, you might not know how important it is to stay hydrated during summer and how easy it is to become dehydrated under the scorching sun. Our bodies are 60 percent water by weight, and proper hydration is essential for our overall health. After all, the water we consume optimizes blood pressure, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, moves waste out of the body, and aids in digestion. And with increased summer temperatures and outdoor activities comes increased water loss — through sweating and evaporation — as your body works to stay cool. A 2 percent reduction in body water weight (a mere 3 pounds on a 150-pound person) can lead to problems with short-term memory, attention, and visualmotor tracking. If you plan to use your noggin at all this summer, keeping it well-lubricated is imperative.

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Here are some of the best ways to stay cool, hydrated and healthy without feeling water-logged or sprinting to the bathroom every five minutes. WHAT CAUSES DEHYDRATION? Most people think dehydration is caused by a lack of water, and while that’s undoubtedly one component, it is also a depletion of electrolytes. You’ll see health problems occur when you’re depleted of things like sodium, potassium, magnesium— different things that are running through the bloodstream and affect energy levels and metabolism. ELECTROLYTES ARE KEY Sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, and magnesium are a few of the body’s essential electrolytes. These minerals aid motor, digestive and neurological functions, and when depleted or overconsumed, they throw our bodies into a state of imbalance. Symptoms of electrolyte depletion can include irregular heartbeat, fast heart rate, fatigue, nausea and more. Hypernatremia, or loss of sodium in the blood, is most common in high-endurance athletes. ARE YOU DEHYDRATED? If you feel like you need to take down a bottle of water, you’re probably already at the point of dehydration. Prevention is key. Consistently monitor urine color throughout the day to help become more familiar with your hydration levels. It will be darker in the morning, which is normal, but if you’re approaching that dark apple cider color, you’re getting into a dangerous level of dehydration.

AS YOU EXPERIENCE ALL THE BEAUTIFUL MILESTONES OF SUMMER, REMEMBER TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND EAT A DIET RICH IN HYDRATING WHOLE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO KEEP YOU GOING STRONG ALL SUMMER LONG. YOUR BODY (AND MIND) WILL THANK YOU. 54 PREVIEW 918 JUNE 2019

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