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How do I prevent dehydration while working outside?

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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: More fluids

Water is good but if sweating heavily for long periods of time you need to replace electrolytes as well.
Sports drinks are great for this. Beware that if you sweat heavily and replace that fluid with only water then you risk depleting your body's sodium levels. Sports drinks, maybe some salty pretzels are a good idea. Also, pay attention to urine habits. Urine output drops with dehydration.

In brief: More fluids

Water is good but if sweating heavily for long periods of time you need to replace electrolytes as well.
Sports drinks are great for this. Beware that if you sweat heavily and replace that fluid with only water then you risk depleting your body's sodium levels. Sports drinks, maybe some salty pretzels are a good idea. Also, pay attention to urine habits. Urine output drops with dehydration.
Dr. John Washburn
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Dr. Nayan Shah
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Drink proper liquid

You should always carry enough liquid with you.
You have more risk of loosing electrolytes along with fluid in your sweat as you work outside.Consider drinking electrolyte solution like gatorade. Average person should drink 6-8 glasses/day but you may need 8-10 glasses if working outside.

In brief: Drink proper liquid

You should always carry enough liquid with you.
You have more risk of loosing electrolytes along with fluid in your sweat as you work outside.Consider drinking electrolyte solution like gatorade. Average person should drink 6-8 glasses/day but you may need 8-10 glasses if working outside.
Dr. Nayan Shah
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