(HealthDay News) -- Dehydration, a dangerous loss of body fluids, should always be on your mind during the hottest days of the summer. People who are exercising or playing outdoors are most at risk.
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The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink often throughout the day, especially before an outdoor activity. The American Council on Exercise recommends:
- Drinking at least 17 ounces of water two hours before the start of exercise.
- Drinking at least seven ounces every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise.
- Drinking at least 16 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost after exercise.
Here are signs of dehydration:
- Loss of appetite
- Flushed skin
- Inability to tolerate heat
- Dark-colored urine
- Dry cough
-- Ann Kent
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