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May 14, 2014 8:59 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Best way to stay safe under the sun: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate is what San Luis Obispo County Health Officials suggest people do during these days of heat. Health officials said the key to beating the heat is drinking a lot of water.

"The average person in good health living in a moderate climate needs about three quarts of water a day," said Ann McDowell, the SLO County Epidemiologist.

Three quarts equates to about six 16.9 fluid ounce water bottles.

McDowell suggested, "Stay near water, have a bottle of water with you if you can, if you're going outside or gonna be away from a water source. And, make sure if you're gonna be outdoors doing activities have plenty of water available."

Surprisingly, there are some who welcome the heat and the sweat that can come along with it.

"It's important for everyone to detox, to alleviate the daily toxins, the toxins that accumulate over the years from medicine or chemicals in your system," said Sallie Hoag.

Hoag, the owner of Planet Beach Contempo Spa in San Luis Obispo, offers a hydration station treatment. The treatment entails the client going into a pod, similar to a tanning bed. The pod steams the body, so you sweat, sort of like how you would perspire when you're outside in the heat. Hoag said the pod can actually encourage drinking more water.

Hoag said, "Because you sweat a lot during the heat, hot weather, it's important to drink a lot of water, and just to replenish the sweat that's being released through the skin. Sometimes you don't even know it's being released because it's so hot. And, it dissipates so quickly."

McDowell also suggests no soda, no alcohol, and stick to water to best hydrate.

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