Staying hydrated for the summer

Staying hydrated during the summer months.
Staying hydrated during the summer months.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A cool drink can help you beat the heat this summer, but doctors say to keep in mind what you drink.

Energy drinks may give you that boost in caffeine, but doctors said it won’t help you stay as hydrated as other drinks.

As the body loses water, Purdue assistant nursing professor Janet Thorlton said a person begins to feel thirsty and tired. She said a person drinking an energy drink won’t receive the right nutrients to replenish the body.

“They’re really truly feeling fatigued, and they think an energy is going to boost them. But all that’s doing is giving you caffeine, sugar and some herbal ingredients, that actually are mimicking caffeine,” said Thorlton.

Thorlton said if you’re working outside, to take a break and hydrate every 30 minutes. Water and sports drinks are the best ones to use to stay hydrated in the hot and humid weather. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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