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Do you carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go? Do you diligently drink eight glasses (or more) of water every day? Do you hydrate to prevent cramping during exercise?

Did you know there’s no real science behind any of those beliefs?

The risks of dehydration are actually way overblown. Most of our views about dehydration are based on marketing by the sports drink and bottled water industries. In fact, it’s more dangerous to be over-hydrated.

At the ASCLS-AGT 2019 Joint Annual Meeting, June 23-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can hear the real science about The Secret Stories of Sodium: How Healthy People Die from Sodium Imbalance from Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, a podiatric physician and associate professor of exercise and sports science at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her expertise is in exercise-associated hyponatremia and the endocrine regulation of water and sodium balance.

Dr. Hew-Butler’s session on June 25 will detail the importance of maintaining normonatremia (serum sodium concentration between 135-145mmol/L). Extreme derangements in serum sodium concentration (dysnatremia) often has fatal consequences. However, most cases of hypernatremia and hyponatremia are preventable with the correct balance of fluid and sodium intake.

“Our bodies already possess an extremely sensitive measure of dehydration. It’s called thirst.” – Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler

As long as we have free access to water and drink when we feel thirsty, we’ll be fine, according to Dr. Hew-Butler. Her work has been highlighted on television, radio, and newspapers, including a fun episode of Adam Ruins Everything.

Dr. Hew-Butler will also present Vitamin D – Why We All Need a Little Bit of Sunshine on June 25. Join us in Charlotte for these sessions, and nearly 70 more that cover a wide range of clinical laboratory science. Online registration ends June 7.