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Last summer, our family had a scare when my 20-year-old son fainted in the middle of the day, on his way to get lunch in town. At the ER, we were relieved to learn the cause was just dehydration – the temperature was over 90 degrees and it was unbearably humid, and James, having woken up at the crack of noon, hadn’t yet had anything to eat or drink.
He was lucky – heat-related illness can be dangerous. Heat makes you perspire, which cools you down but also makes you lose fluid (obviously). We all know, except certain 20-year-olds apparently, that when temperatures are high, it’s important to stay hydrated. We also know that in the midst of our summer fun we’re supposed to avoid caffeine and alcohol – but, really?
Here are some realistic tips for avoiding dehydration:
Now – everyone in the pool!