Nothing sounds more delightful than a crisp bottle of cold water to cool you off when you’re out in the sweltering summer heat.
Adam Schaub didn’t imagine that only [two] bottles of water could cause him to fall face-first to the ground with his body in complete “shock,” despite the fact that we’ve all heard that you shouldn’t drink a lot of water (or anything for that matter) in the sun.
But that’s exactly what occurred when he and his father took a brief break while exercising in the sweltering heat.
“PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
So we’ve all heard not to drink really cold water in the heat, but a lot of us haven’t heard the why or experienced it first hand. Cold water is good, so how could it be bad? Well, yesterday I found out. We were out working in 100° weather (not a good idea in itself) when my dad noticed my face was getting pretty red and suggested that I take a break. I immediately grabbed a cold bottle of water and drank it. After he did a little more work he suggested that I get in the truck and blast the a.c.. in the truck I drank some more cold water (another bottle) and very shortly started feeling strange. I started seeing spots, my stomach got extremely nauseous and my hands and feet started tingling. I felt like I was going to throw up so I opened the truck door and the next thing I know I’m face first in the ground and my dad’s rolling me over and wiping off my face. [He] said my eyes had rolled back a bit and I didn’t come to for a few minutes. Emt arrived and asked what was going on.
The man realized what had happened right away. It seems that if you drink a bottle of cold water while you’re too hot, your body may go into shock. It takes the warm blood and delivers it to the stomach because it believes that the stomach is becoming hypothermic. You might go unconscious. He claimed that drinking cold water in sips is best. If you need to rehydrate quickly, room temperature water is preferable. Just thought I’d share in case someone else could learn from my mistake. Summer is rapidly approaching. Remain calm. If you believe it could benefit someone, please feel free to share. I wish I had known this years ago.
Edit: ***disclaimer*** I’m an not a Dr so please don’t take my experience or what I was told as a reason not to talk to your own doctor. Do not take my personal experience as advice. In case it wasn’t clear enough, drinking water throughout the day and staying hydrated is very important. If you mess up though, like I did, don’t make the same mistake as me.”