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Experts stress staying hydrated during heat wave

As temperatures stay in the high 90s many will look to take a trip to the pool or beach to cool off, and while experts say that can help with heat, it won't prevent dehydration.

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 4:57 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2019 10:31 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As temperatures stay in the high 90s many will look to take a trip to the pool or beach to cool off, and while experts say that can help with heat, it won't prevent dehydration. 

"It is a common misconception that just because you are in or around water that you can't become dehydrated," said registered nurse Stevie Smith, the Clinic Coordinator for the St. Joseph Health Department. "Whenever you're swimming, you're still sweating and you can still become dehydrated very quickly especially during this time of year."

Smith says you have to be mindful even while you're enjoying water activities. 

"Even if you are busy enjoying yourself you have to make a conscious effort to keep hydrated," said Smith.

And water is the best choice to hydrate.

"Alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks are not going to be the drink of choice for re-hydration, " Smith said. "What you need is water and if you are moving around a lot, have something with electrolytes to replace what you are loosing."

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Warm air is in place over northeast Missouri and northeast Kansas on Thursday. Temperatures made it into the lower 50's on Thursday with light winds across the mid west. A pool of cold air is up to the north of the area and will head our way. The cold front will work its way through the region Thursday night with cooler weather behind it for the end of the week.
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