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A 37-year-old male asked:

Please provide some do's and don'ts on avoiding dehydration.

51 doctor answers31 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Delage
undefined 32 years experience
Ignore: When in the heat, drink before you feel thirsty, 16 oz every 1/2 hour, more if exercising.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Always: Always drink water before you feel thirsty, or you will never catch up!
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Runners,: Runners, do not take anti-inflammatories prior to long runs due to the risk of low serum sodium.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Always: Always make sure to have water available for long exercise sesssions.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Always: Always drink before your'e thirsty.You'll never catch up if drinking after your'e thirsty in sports!
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do ensure that you are drinking enough fluids to have a return of clear, lemonade colored urine.
Dr. Ruth Spector
Critical Care 35 years experience
Ignore: Drink water based fluids all day long. Avoid alcoholic drinks and caffeine. Wear breathable clothes.
Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Drink: Drink water or noncaffeinated fluids through out the day. Drink extra if exercising. Urinate often.
Dr. Alan Anthony
Dermatology 21 years experience
Ignore: Drink fluids, also if perspiring you may need to add electrolytes. Rest when needed!
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Do:: Do: drink water before, during and after exercise Don't :wait until you're thirsty to rehydrate.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 36 years experience
Drink: Drink plenty of fluids- especially before and after exercise and sports. Water is the best fluid.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
If: If you are vomiting, eat ice chips or suck on a water-based popsicle to support your hydration.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Practice: Practice prevention whenever possible. Don't treat dehydration! Expect it, and prevent it.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
Ignore: DO drink water even when not thirsty. DON'T drink alcohol or caffeine when thirsty.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
Ignore: DO add mint leaves or lime slices to flavor water if you like. DON'T add artificial colors/sugar.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do start hydrating at least 24 hours before anticipated strenuous activity.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do drink 8-16oz of water before exercising.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do exercise REGULARLY to prevent getting dehydrated.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do start pushing liquids at the first sign of any illness, such as a fever or cough.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Don't: Don't drink fluids containing caffeine when trying to keep hydrated.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do drink more fluid than usual when exercising in humid or hotter conditions.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do eat fruits and veggies that have high water content, such as oranges or cucumbers.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Don't: Don't drink excessive amounts of water, this can lead to being too diluted.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do drink fluids slowly when dehydrated, too fast can cause vomiting.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
For: For the breastfed child, continue breastfeeding while also offering oral rehydration solutions.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do not drink carbonated beverages, they can make diarrhea worse thus causing more dehydration.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
For: For severe dehydration, do go to the emergency room and receive intravenous fluids.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do pay attention to the color of your urine, the darker it is, the more dehydrated you are.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do control your sugars to prevent dehydration when diabetic.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do pay attention to urine color in children as thirst is not a reliable indicator for dehydration.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do outdoor workouts in the mornings to avoid dehydration as it is coolest at this time.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do place water bottles along any long run routes for a makeshift "water station".
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Stop: Stop any diuretic medications if you are dehydrated.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Do: Do stop taking any laxatives if you are dehydrated.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
When: When it's hot out side water is the best drink to avoid dehydration, not power drinks or Gatorade.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Minimize: Minimize your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a diuretic & can cause a mild chronic dehydration state.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Avoid: Avoid caffeine if you are concerned about dehydration. Caffeine acts as a diuretic.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Drink: Drink half your weight in ounces of water every day. The more you weigh, the more you drink.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Do: Do add a slice of lemon or lime to your glass bottled water water to make it tastier to imbibe.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Increase: Increase your fluid intake ahead of time instead of just trying to replenish them.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Take: Take your weight in lbs, divide by 2 then add ounces. That's your ideal liquid intake for the day.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
When: When exercising drink even more water than you normally would to prevent against dehydration from sweating.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
When: When you have a mild headache, make sure you drink enough water as it's the first sign of dehydration.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
It's: It's easy to avoid dehydration if you follow the rule of drinking half of weight in ounces per day.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
If: If going out into the hot sun, it's advisable to wear a hat or protection, to reduce sun exposure and dehydration.
Dr. Irving Harper
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Ignore: Watch babies, small children, and older adults closely for early symptoms of dehydration anytime they have illnesses that cause fever, vomiting or diarrhea.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Drink: Drink plenty of fluids. Also, soups, jello, ice cream, Popsicles also will keep you hydrated!!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Drink: Drink small amounts of fluid throughout the day; don't wait until you feel thirsty!
Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Drink: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration zaps energy, impairs physical performance, and decreases alertness.
Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Don't: Don't wait till you are thirsty , keep on the fluids.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Ignore: Don't underestimate the importance of drinking fluids every day.

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Please provide a tip on how to ask your doctor about avoiding dehydration.

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Ignore: Ask your doctor about electrolyte replenishment fluids such as gatorade or powerade.
Last updated Mar 23, 2020

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