Be Safe This Summer — Stay Hydrated

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The summer heat is once again upon us here at ASU Karsten. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! However, it’s important to remember that while you can play golf almost every day of the year here in Arizona, when the temperatures approach or exceed 100 degrees you just have to be prepared to make some adjustments in how you approach the game.

Wear light and comfortable clothing. Shorts are great, and breathable shirt fabrics allow for more air flow to your skin. Lather on the sunscreen to protect yourself from sun burn and longer-term skin problems. And, wear a hat at all times!

But, our best advice is to make sure you drink plenty of water simply because staying hydrated will enable your body to replenish fluids that will evaporate all too quickly in the summer heat. One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling thirsty. So, if you wait until you’re thirsty to drink, you may already be dehydrated. Other signs of moderate dehydration are low-grade headache and fatigue. Severe dehydration is accompanied by nausea, chills and feeling light-headed. Your body depends on water for survival because every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight, and your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints. Water is absolutely essential for good health.

All of us at ASU Karsten Golf Course hope you’ll come out to play any day of the week, even during the summer. But, we also want to make sure you drink plenty of fluids while keeping your eyes open for any of the tell-tale signs from your playing partners. If you feel or see any hints of dehydration, make sure you hydrate immediately.

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