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You Will Need
- Sports drinks
- Air-conditioning or shade
- Ice chips or a frozen sports drink
Drink cool water
Drink cool water. No matter the cause of your dehydration, this is the most important way to replenish fluids in your body.
If caused by heat ...
If the dehydration is caused by heat, move to an air-conditioned place or seek out shade to decrease the amount of sweat you’re producing.
If caused by illness ...
If the dehydration is caused by illness, try to drink frequent small sips of water or a sports drink to continually replace what you’re losing. Avoid any liquid that might upset your stomach, like juice or milk.
If caused by exertion ...
If the dehydration is caused by exertion, have a sports drink while you exercise. These drinks contain electrolytes, essential minerals that help maintain the balance of fluid in the body.
Avoid dehydrating liquids
Avoid liquids that temporarily exacerbate dehydration, like alcohol, coffee, and tea.
Continue hydrating in the hours or even days after your illness or exertion. The body can only absorb 24 to 32 ounces of water per hour, so it’s possible to lose more than you can quickly replace.
Drink plenty of water on a daily basis
Prevent future dehydration by drinking plenty of water on a daily basis and an extra a cup or two before exercising or going into extreme heat.