What is Best for Your Thirst in the Summer Heat - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/2/03

What is Best for Your Thirst in the Summer Heat

It was 126 degrees on Broadway today. Literally on Broadway. Actually it was 94 at the time but we got a 126 reading when we measure the heat over the bricks on Broadway during our 6:00 news this evening.

This is a good reminder that as temperatures climb on Friday. You can expect those bricks to reflect even more heat during the 4th on Broadway celebrations. We're still gonna have a great time, just plan for the heat and drink lots of water.

Any of these symptoms would mean you are high risk of heat exhaustion:

  • Excessive Thirst
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Dizziness or Vomiting
  • Fatigue or Fainting
  • Profuse Sweating

Actually, if you stop sweating, that's a sign of a more serous problem, heat stroke, which can be deadly. Again, the best way to protect ourselves and enjoy this outdoor celebration is to drink lots of water.

Dr. Michael Chamales, an Emergency Room Physician at UMC, says alcohol is the worst thing you could hand someone who is suffering the effects of the heat. "When you drink alcohol, not only are you not giving fluid to your body, you're taking some away. The alcohol will make them feel better, but in the long run it will make them worse. Some of the heavier caffinated drinks like Mountain Dew and Coca-Cola will do the same thing but to a lesser extent."

So water is the best, but Dr. Chamales says sports drinks are fine too.

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