A few tips on keeping cool & safe in hot months: Stay Hydrated. Our bodies are made up of a majority percentage of water, and it is recommended that we drink eight cups of water (36 ounces) per day. While there is a current debate over the benefits of alkaline water, ideal cellular information exchange occurs at a neutral pH (7). Replacing Minerals. When stuff gets used up, it needs to be replaced. Mineral water is a great way to catch up on depleted minerals. Deficiencies in magnesium for example, can be helped with epsom salt soaks. There are a whole array of supplements on the market, and it is best to find the one that suits your individual needs. Covering Up During Extended Outdoor Exposure It seems the opposite of what to do when trying to stay cool, but light colors and fabrics will help protect you from the sun if you are out for extended periods of time. A hat, straw or palm is also a very good idea. Heat Stroke can result from prolonged direct sun exposure; Heat Exhaustion can result from over-activity in extreme heat conditions without adequate preparation. These tips are not meant to replace the advice of your health care provider, they are intended as general information. If It's Too Hot For You, It's Too Hot For Pets Protection from the sun is important for pets. Animals with white or light colored fur can be susceptible to a sunburn the same as people. Make sure to take regular breaks in the shade during extended periods in the sun; ideally, exercise your pet during the early morning or late evening hours and avoid the heat of midday. Be aware of hot surfaces when walking your pet, metal, asphalt and concrete or rock can heat up and burn your pets' paws. Keep your pet hydrated with plenty of fresh, cool water. Signs of heat exhaustion include excessive panting, drooling, weakness or lethargy, vomiting, rapid heartbeat and/or seizures. Do not leave any living thing unattended in a hot car, it is like an oven when in the sun.