Beating the heat: What you can do to stay healthy during the summer months

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PEORIA, Ill. — As the temperatures continue to rise, it’s also important to be mindful of your health.

Dr. Brian Curtis from OSF Healthcare says you can easily break things down into three categories- water, rest, and shade.

“Make sure you are drinking. Drink fluids before you go out and really take fluid breaks before you are thirsty. If you are outside make sure you are drinking a juice or a sports drink because you are losing a lot of salt in your sweat and so just replacing it with water can actually make things worse,” said Curtis.

Curtis also said the summer season is also a time to keep a closer eye on family and friends.

“The highest risk is under 4 years old and over 65 years old for chronic health conditions, and it’s just like anything else that we talk about in regards to medicine. They are a higher risk population because their bodies just can not cope with that kind of stress – so this is the time to check on your grandma or loved one to make sure they are doing okay.” said Curtis.

You can head to OSF Healthcare’s Newsroom to learn more about how to stay safe this summer.

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