We're in the midst of yet another heat wave, and it might be making you thirsty. Hot temperatures and dry conditions can draw moisture out of your body quickly. Even if you sit in front of a fan to cool off, you could be making this worse. A recent study suggests that using a fan in temperature above 95 degrees can increase heat gain and sweating. It's important to remember that our bodies do not make water. We have to take to take water in, and it's extremely important. Just like a car needs water to keep from overheating, our bodies need water to prevent us from getting too hot and dehydrated.
Dr. Spriggs, a physician at Round Hill Family Practice, says, "along with your morning cup of coffee, have a good 8 to 12 ounces of water along with it. So while you're out there, knowing that pretty much for every hour you're outside, you should have another 12 ounces of water, especially if you're doing to be doing a lot of physical activity. And with the weather the way it is right now, it doesn't take a lot of activity for you to get dehydrated, for you to sweat profusely, for you to feel a little dizzy."
Dr. Spriggs emphasizes that all you need to drink is regular water. You don't need to drink a sports drink unless you are a top level athlete like a marathon runner.
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