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TheActiveTimes.com: Survival Myths That Can Kill You

REALITY: You are not a camel, drink up

When your body’s on the edge of heat exhaustion, it doesn’t care how thirsty you’ll be tomorrow. You’re dangerously thirsty now, says Nester. “Get it in you. When you’re peeing clear, then you can taper back if necessary.” Don’t have any water left? You still have a shot if you follow Nester’s advice: “Think like a cowboy,” he says. Find some shade, wait till dark to move around and if you must look for water, read this. “People have survived up to 48 hours without any water in triple digit heat in the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, versus a guy—this happened recently—who ration[ed] his water and die[d] of heat exhaustion three hours later” because he exerted himself.

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