When the temperatures rise, getting enough to drink is important whether you’re playing sports, traveling or just sitting in the sun.

The American Heart Association wants to remind everyone of the importance of hydration during the hot summer months.

Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles, and it helps the muscles work efficiently.

The amount of water a person needs depends on climatic conditions, clothing worn and exertion.

A person who perspires heavily will need to drink more than someone who doesn’t. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, may also mean you need to drink more water. People with cystic fibrosis have high concentrations of sodium in their sweat and also need to use caution to avoid dehydration. Plus, some medications can act as diuretics, causing the body to lose more fluid.

For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes, may be useful for people doing high intensity, vigorous exercise in very hot weather, though they tend to be high in added sugars and calories.

For more information on hydration, visit the American Heart Associations’s website at https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/staying-hydrated-staying-healthy