How much water should you be drinking a day?

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) — The heat is back up and it’s expected to last for days.
Heat exhaustion is a very real concern. This past week a postal worker in California died from the extreme heat.

The key is to drink plenty of water. But just how much?  

“If you are 150 pounds you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day,” said Terri Mehlhoff, Clinic Manager at SLCC Center for Health and Counseling. 

You should aim to drink half your weight in ounces. Mehlhoff says if you’re outdoors a lot or work outside you should be drinking more.

Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated

  • Set water intake goal to stay hydrated 
  • Eat hydrating foods (cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons raw broccoli and cauliflower)
  • Monitor urine color
  • Drink before your thirsty

The young, elderly, and those with underlying health issues are at risk of heat exhaustion

Signs include:

  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy or disoriented
  • Low urine and it’s dark yellow

 
If you see someone suffering from signs of dehydration or they’ve fainted call 911.

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