|Description:||While attending a metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia primary school, this young girl had taken a short break during her studies, and physical activities, in order to take a drink of cool water from one of the school’s water fountains. One of her young male classmates was standing in line, also awaiting his turn at the fountain.|
Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty, and drinking fluids with meals, but if you're outside in hot weather for most of the day, or doing vigorous physical activity, you'll need to make an effort to drink more fluids.
You need water to replace what your body loses through normal everyday functions. Of course, you lose water when you go to the bathroom or sweat, but you even lose small amounts of water when you exhale. You need to replace this lost water to prevent dehydration.
Your body also needs more water when you are:
- In hot climates.
- More physically active.
- Running a fever.
- Having diarrhea or vomiting.