The lazy days of summer are upon us, and that often means fun outdoor activities -- swimming, biking, hiking, picnics, working in the yard -- mostly in the blazing heat. Summer may signal carefree days, but warmer temperatures and increased activity levels also mean increased fluid loss through perspiration, which can put you and your family at risk for dehydration. To help families get the most out of their fun in the sun, The Minute Maid Company has developed summer survival information that contains important facts about the hottest season of the year, quick-and-easy hydration tips and thirst-quenching beverage recipes.

Many Americans are affected every year by summer's high temperatures, according to Mindy Hermann, M.B.A., R.D., a nutrition expert. "By the time you feel thirsty, you've already lost one percent of your body weight in fluid," noted Hermann. "For a person who weighs 150 pounds, that translates to about 24 ounces, or 3 cups of fluid loss."

Children and older adults may be at a higher risk for dehydration because they are less sensitive to thirst(1). In fact, dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization in people older than age 65(2). Hermann supports the American Dietetic Association's recommendations that to prevent dehydration, most people need to drink at least eight to 12 cups of fluids a day(3) from sources such as water and fruit juices.

Another way to boost fluid intake is to enjoy a variety of beverages, including water, milk, and juices. "Enjoying Minute Maid fruit juices and drinks is a delicious, nutritious way to boost your fluid intake and stay cool this summer," said Molly Gee, M.Ed., R.D., nutrition consultant to The Minute Maid Company. "From the new Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade Iced Tea to Minute Maid® 100 percent juices in drink boxes fortified with calcium and vitamin C, there's a Minute Maid beverage to appeal to every taste and summertime activity." For more tips, see "Beat Summer Heat: Hydration Tips for the Whole Family," included in this packet.

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(1) Clark N. Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 1997.
(2) American Dietetic Association Web site. Water/Hydration Water Works.; 2000.
(3) Duyff RL. The American Dietetic Association's Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. Minneapolis, MN: Chronimed Publishing; 1996.