‘Drink when thirsty,’ say family physicians

Excerpt from Gulf Today, Aug 29, 2020. Written by Mariecar Jara-Puyod.

December 21, 2020

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The best way to hydrate is “drink to thirst” since the worst in over-consuming water is coma while dehydration in extreme cases leads to death. “However, if the conditions are hot and (one is) planning to exercise for prolonged periods, I would recommend (the consumption of) approximately 250 millilitres of water before exercise, which is about the most the stomach can tolerate and absorb in the period just before exercise,” said Dr. Chad Asplund.

Asplund is the Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)-Underperforming Athlete Clinic director referred to Gulf Today; as the American non-profit academic medical center which has presence in 19 countries including the UAE through the Greenfield hospital development (for advisory services) and the Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (a joint venture) in Abu Dhabi, recently released two sets of “Q and As” on “Safety Tips for Hot Weather Exercise” and “What to Drink to Stay Hydrated.”

Asplund was asked about the worse to worst outcomes if one fails to “drink to thirst” or neglect drinking water because in a corresponding video his colleague, Dr. Sara Filmalter, a family physician, explained what “drink to thirst” is.

Read more about “drink to thirst” in the full article at Gulf Today.

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