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Water is a key ingredient for every good Fourth of July party, whether you are poolside, at the beach, or at a family barbecue on this sweltering summer day.
That’s because drinking water can keep you hydrated as you sweat outside.
Sweating during the sizzling heat of July can lower the body’s water level. This can cause dehydration. It can affect normal bodily functions in the heart, brain, and lungs.
So how much water do the experts order?
“To avoid dehydration, active people should drink at least 16- 20 ounces of fluid one to two hours before an outdoor activity. After that, you should consume 6 to 12 ounces of fluid every 10 to 15 minutes that you are outside,” according to the Cleveland Clinic website. “When you are finished with the activity, you should drink more. How much more? To replace what you have lost: at least another 16 to 24 ounces (2- 3 cups).”
Water consumption is especially important among Latino families.
Latino kids at all ages consume more sugary drinks than the average child, and less plain water, according to a Salud America! research review.
“Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, teas, and colas, are not recommended for optimal hydration,” according to the Cleveland Clinic. “These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration.”
Be sure to set out a pitcher of water at your Fourth of July party.
But you can do even more than that. Check out our own action pack to help you add a Water Bottle Fountain to your school to give students all-day access to clean water!