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Quiz: Do You Know the ABCs of Summer Hydration?

Woman Drinking from Sports Bottle

Summer’s here and the thermostat is already ticking up over 100 degrees in much of the country. As the mercury rises, so do your chances of being overexposed to the sun and suffering from dehydration. But we know you have a Bobby Boucher (aka. The Waterboy) hiding somewhere inside that will help you stay properly hydrated this summer. Check out our short true or false quiz below to test your hydration prowess as we head into the hottest months of the year.

  1. About 60% of our bodies are made of water. 

  2. TRUE! Water makes up approximately 60% of your body weight. For older adults, the amount is a bit smaller at 55% and for babies and infants, it’s even higher at a whopping 75%. If someone ever tells you you’ve put on some weight, just respond by saying you’re well hydrated.

  3. The best way to tell if you are dehydrated is by how thirsty you are.

  4. FALSE! According to the American Heart Association, by the time you feel thirsty you’re already well on the path to dehydration. It may be a little gross, but the best way to tell if you are taking in enough fluids is by checking the color of your urine. A clear or pale yellow means you’re hydrated, while darker colors mean you need to take in more fluids.

  5. Dehydration can cause headaches, but it’s not life-threatening. 

  6. FALSE! We just rang our game show ‘X’ buzzer for that one. While it is true that mild dehydration can cause headaches as well as diarrhea and vomiting, severe dehydration is no joke. It can cause seizures, kidney failure, and in extreme cases, death. Kids are most at risk since they often can’t tell you they are thirsty and they also lose more water due to fevers and burns because of their small body size.

  7. Doctors recommend drinking eight glasses of water a day. 

  8. FALSE! This is actually a soft false since the eight ounces of water eight times a day saying is useful in giving people a rule of thumb for hydration. However, there really is no medical consensus on what the correct amount of water is for an adult.  The number can vary widely based on age, gender and activity level of the individual. According to the Institute of Medicine, men should drink 13 cups of fluids a day and women should drink nine. Also, if you are active, you will need to consume an extra 16 ounces of water for each pound of water you lose during exercise.

  9. Drinking water is the best way to hydrate. 

  10. TRUE! Water restores your body’s hydration levels, is free of calories and is readily available. Fruit infused water is another refreshing way to stay hydrated and is great for those who don’t like drinking plain water.

    The only situation where you might want to consider trading in that pure H20 for something else is if you are engaging in high-intensity or endurance exercise. In that case, sports drinks offer added sodium and electrolytes which are lost in intensive activities. However, if you are outside or just doing moderate, daily exercise water is still your best choice.

    So on a scale of Niagara Falls (five correct) to Death Valley (zero correct), how’d you do? We’d love to hear from you on social media. Post your score there and let us know if you really are a Super Saiyan of hydration.

    Be sure to check out these related posts:

    10 Ways to Burn Calories & Work Your Heart This Summer
    The Heat is On: 6 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer

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