Tips For Staying Hydrated In The Pool

Tuesday, July 12th 2016, 8:10 am
By: News 9

We're well into the summer and the temperatures continue to climb.  With that comes concerns about pool safety and dehydration.

Trying to cool down, usually we think, let’s take a dip in the pool,but medical experts say that's just not enough to stay hydrated.

Pools heat up pretty fast when it's hot outside which can make you sweat even while in the pool.

"When you're playing and when you're active, and particularly competitive swimmers, you actually sweat a lot in the water. You can't see the sweat, you don't notice it, but you sweat in there just as much as you do other places,said Dr. Gary Wheeler, Chief Medical Officer - Arkansas Department of Health

To stay hydrated you're advised to drink plenty of water before you go outside, or take a swim. 

Just a very mild case of dehydration makes you thirsty.  When it's more severe you'll get a headache, nausea, lightheaded, and thinking can become unclear.