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Summer Safety: How to prevent dehydration

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

In these scorching temperatures, many people fail to realize just how important it is to keep your body hydrated. There are several myths about dehydration, but the most crucial thing to remember is it can happen to anyone.

Brian Tuten, an athletic trainer with St. Joseph's Candler Hospital who works with students at Benedictine Military School, said the symptoms of dehydration can be easy to miss.

"It can be as simple as dizziness, light headedness, you get a headache, maybe nausea."

With football conditioning well underway, Tuten said now is the time of year to push the fluids.

"We try to preach hydration, the coaches do. Otherwise, we are going to have injuries in the end."

One of the most common myths about dehydration is the one that claims everyone needs to drink eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day. Tuten said that's not always the case.

"I think that's a guideline. Some need more than others. If you're getting it through what you're eating, you can get fluids there."

The second most common myth? You can only hydrate yourself by drinking water.

"I tell our kids fruits, watermelon, any fruit has a ton of water in it. Then you also get vitamins, minerals," he said.

Another myth? All beverages are created equal. Sure, sports drinks can provide nutrients, but Tuten said water is the best way to stay fully hydrated.

 The bottom line? Don't push yourself too hard, and before any physical activity outside make sure you eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids.

For more information on the symptoms of dehydration, click here: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dehydration-adults?page=2.

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