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Is dehydration unavoidable?

By David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 18 2013 04:19:26 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2013 05:42:29 PM EDT

The heat can certainly take a lot out of you; one of the most likely reasons why you are dehydrated.

ROANOKE, Va. -

Heat can certainly take a lot out of you; one of the most likely reasons why: you are dehydrated.   

For James Alrawashdeh a "Bicycle's way easier, this just, it's faster and it makes people smile."

"It" is the unicycle he's riding, exerting way more effort than necessarily to get to work.

Like most of us, he know's he's going to sweat because he knows, "This is really hot. This is unnecesarily hot."

The symptoms of dehydration are simple:

"A lot of times it's dizziness, headache, just feeling kind of faint or just tired," said Dr. Steven Osborn with Doctors Express at Towers Shopping Center.

The explanation of why many of us may feel these symptoms this time of year may surprise you:

"It's just when you've got changes in the environment, changes in your activity, that's when you're at more risk," said Dr. John Burton with Carilion Emergency Medicine.

Doctors say this heat surge means peoples bodies need to adjust, especially when we've had a cool, rainy summer so far.

They say people need to be, "Smart about how long you're outside, when you're outside avoiding the hot time of the day, especially when you're out for very long periods of time," Burton added.

"If I come out early and it's not hot and I play it's okay, if I come out in the middle of it, I have a real hard time," said Vaneta McAlexander, exercising outside today.

ften times, people don't realize they're dehydrated, they just think they're tired or coming down with something.

That means people can resort to caffeine to wake them up, but in large doses that only makes things worse.

"If it's got a little bit of caffeine in it, iced tea, regular sodas, then that's perfectly fine. But if you're doing it one after another, a lot of it, then you really want to think about things that don't have caffeine in it," said Dr. Burton.

Doctors say there's no quick fix to dehydration, that you just have to keep drinking the right fluids and the body has to naturally adjust to the temperature change.   

While it may be uncomfortable to talk about , one of the ways doctors say to guage how hydrated you are is actually to look at your urine.   

If it's clear that's good as long as you've been drinking water and other non-caffeinated or non-alcoholic drinks.

If it's very yellow, that's a problem and could be a sign that you're getting dehydrated, so make sure to try and push those fluids.