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How to hydrate?

Water isn't always enough. You lose minerals such as sodium in your sweat. Buttermilk, coconut water and lemonade can also help maintain your electrolyte balance.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 12, 2012 13:16 IST

Water isn't always enough. You lose minerals such as sodium in your sweat. Buttermilk, coconut water and lemonade can also help maintain your electrolyte balance. Some other tips are:

* Start the day with a few glasses of water

* Cut down coffee, tea as caffeine dehydrates

* If you exercise, sip a mixture of lemon water, sugar and salt every 15 minutes

* Avoid being outdoors between 12 and 3 pm

* Immediately before stepping out of the house, drink a couple of glasses of water

* Carry a bottle and sip frequently; at least a glass every hour when in sun

* Increase your overall fluid intake in summer. A minimum of 3-4 litres in 24 hours

* Munch on food that has high water content such as watermelon, pineapple, cucumber

* Wear loose, light-coloured cotton clothes

* Cover your head when stepping out

* Use an umbrella and sunglasses