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The Plain Talk Series - #50

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The Plain Talk Series - #50

Today's question: Do I need more water if I'm moving or traveling to a higher altitude?

“Plain Talk” answer: Dehydration is a valid concern when adjusting to a higher altitude because the altitude can trigger rapid breathing and more frequent urination. Each person's reaction will differ, depending in part on how much of an altitude change is being made. The basic six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day should be the minimum intake, more if you are involved in strenuous activities. If you have any special health concerns, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before traveling to higher altitudes.

For more information on this and many other water-related topics, check out "Plain Talk About Drinking Water" by Dr. James M. Symons.

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