Staying hydrated in summer heat, humidity

Staying hydrated in the heat and humidity is essential this summer / Matt Thielke (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- It's summer in Middle Georgia and that means people are more at risk for dehydration.

To prevent dehydration, it's important to drink plenty of fluids.

Dr. Rogelio De La Cruz, a pediatric emergency room doctor at Navicent Health, said high humidity makes it harder for people to tell if they are dehydrated or not.

"That's how the body cools off, you sweat, it evaporates, and you cool down," De La Cruz said. "But when it's too humid, the body is not able to cool down, because it is not evaporating."

Even if someone isn't cooling off, they are still losing fluids.

De La Cruz said it's better to drink water than sugary drinks.

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