As we get farther into summer, the temperatures are starting to rise. With the temperatures going up, our mindfulness with staying hydrated should also be going up as we spend time outside. Everyone has heard the rule about drinking 8 cups of water a day; but, how much water should we really be drinking? The generally accepted advice now seems to be for people to listen to their bodies and drink small amounts of water often, before becoming thirsty if possible. The Mayo Clinic released the following article regarding this topic, “Water: How much should you drink every day”.
Staying hydrated will help cut down on heat-related illnesses, especially during the summer. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has the following resources available regarding Occupational Heat Exposure and Working in the Summer Heat. They also provide information on how to use OSHA’s Heat Index for protective measures (each risk level includes a reminder to drink water).