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Young adult with dehydration issues. Is this normal?

Asked by Kokoro (1424points) April 6th, 2010

I am in my 20s, and even when I was younger I had issues with dehydration. When in the heat, I am extremely sensitive to it and become sick quickly. I always try to drink water, but I have been to the ER once when I had an “episode” and they said I was completely fine (other than my blood pressure and temp), I did some blood tests which were ok, and my urine was clear from drinking so much water. I am guessing my body has difficulty adjusting to the temp.

I work out in the heat and I can’t avoid it during that time as it’s my class time. Does anyone have any tips on how I can avoid being sick when we work out in class? I want to be there.

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filmfann's avatar

If your urine was clear, it may not be dehydration. Dehydration would make the urine quite strong.
Perhaps your problem involves low salt levels. That is common while exercising in the heat.

kelly's avatar

Fluids and electrolytes are tricky. Too much liquids and you can flush sodium and potassium out and you get cramps and general blahs. Not enough fluids can make your dehydration symptoms and raise sodium and potassium too high. Caffine from ANY source should be eliminated if out in the sun, coffee, tea, suppliments, “power drinks”. Caffine will quickly dehydrate you. Talk to your doc, a certified trainer, dietitician to evaluate your particulars. Good luck.

njnyjobs's avatar

Gatorade or powerade do help in keeping your hydration in check. As indicated in earlier posts, the electrolytes in your body needs to be maintained to prevent your system from failing you.

Electrolytes are important because they are what cells, (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. Kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in blood constant despite changes in your body. For example, during heavy exercise, electrolytes are lost in sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of the body fluids constant.

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mass_pike4's avatar

I agree with @njnyjobs. Try downing a poweraid or whatever sports drink of your choice first thing in the morning and then maybe one during the day. Follow a steady diet of portioned meals and snacks throughout the day as well. Wear light weight clothes so yur body does not sweat as much. I would suggest clothes like under armor which helps evaporate sweat and keeps your body from over heating

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Medical advice and proper preparation should allow you to prevent such problems.

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