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Water is a life-saving tool

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Dehydration is one of the causes of heat-related injuries. Dehydration occurs when your body does not have as much fluids as it should. It can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or both. The body’s normal cooling mechanism is sweating, but if your body doesn’t have enough fluid to produce sweat, the body will overheat. Being aware of your activity before hand and hydrating for it will help eliminate dehydration. Whether it’s working outside on the flight line all day or doing PT with your unit remember to hydrate yourself the day before. (U.S. Air Force Photo Illustration/ Staff Sgt. April Quintanilla)

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