|UAB nutritionist Kathy Hubbert says people often don’t drink enough fluids throughout the day — a bad idea as we head into what is traditionally the hottest time of the year for our area. Here are some tips she has for making sure you stay well-hydrated and equipped to better handle the heat:|
• Any time you pass a water fountain stop and get four or five big gulps.
• If you’re taking medication or a vitamin, instead of taking a few sips to take the medicine, drink the whole glass of water.
• Even if you’re having another beverage with a meal, have a glass of water as well.
• Keep a bottle of water in your car with you. As you’re driving, don’t forget to take some swallows out of it.
• If you don’t like the taste of water, try flavoring it with lemon or lime slices, or pick up the now- popular flavor packets (most of which are low in calories) in your grocery store.
• Prepare a water bottle daily. “In the summer I fill up a bottle half way and lay it tilted in my freezer and then fill it up with tap water the next morning,” Hubbert says. “It will cool down the tap water more quickly than it would if you sat the bottle straight up in your freezer to freeze.”