Hot summer weather increases fluid needs. Drinking water helps to regulate body temperature, flush waste, and maintain healthy hydration. High blood sugar can lead to dehydration making drinking water even more important. Drink water throughout the day, starting first thing in the morning, and keep a 24 oz or larger water bottle with you throughout the day. If you don’t like plain water, choose sparkling water that has zero calories, sugar or carbs, or shop for flavored drops or packets that can be added to your water bottle without adding carbs or calories. You can also add lemon or lime juice, or sliced cucumbers or strawberries to plain water. Focus on drinking extra water before and after physical activity to replace fluid lost through sweating. Find what works for you to stay on track with hydration, and stick with it.