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A Cool Diet to Battle the Summer Heat

By Corey Crisan SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Syracuse experienced its hottest temperatures in almost two years on Monday. A sweltering and muggy 94 degrees was recorded at a base level, but the heat index reached 101 degrees at the Hancock International Airport.

Heat like this does not come by often in Central New York, but when it does, it’s best to be prepared with the essentials. That includes those to combat the number one symptom of extreme heat: dehydration.

According to WebMD, dehydration is when your body does not have as much water as it needs. Many things can cause dehydration, but drinking more water than your body is releasing, or sweating, is the best way to stay hydrated.

In addition to water, there are plenty of foods that can do the same with some added taste value. Fresh fruits with high water content like watermelon are widely considered the best alternative for plain drinking water. As far as vegetables are concerned, cucumbers are composed of 95% water and also aid in replenishing salts and carbohydrates lost in sweat.

Below are some tips to take into account while preparing meals during the next heat wave: