In the summer heat it is easier to lose the precious liquids that our bodies are made up of. Composed of 70% water, infants are one of the greatest at risk – athlete’s, children, elderly, and ill-stricken people fall into that category as well. Let’s find out more about dehydration and some tips for preventing dehydration. Numbered resources can be view in the original article at Mercola.com.
If your body has lost one to two percent of its entire water content, you will feel thirsty, a sign that you need to replenish the lost liquids. Dehydration happens when you’ve lost too much water in your body without replacing it, preventing your body to perform its normal functions. Mild dehydration can easily be treated but if it reaches extreme levels, it can be life-threatening and will require immediate medical attention.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration – Aside from the common symptoms like intense thirst or sweating too much, here are some of the mild and severe symptoms of dehydration:2
Mild to Moderate Dehydration
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Sleepiness or tiredness
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Few or no tears when crying
- Minimal urine
- Dry, cool skin3
- Muscle cramps
- Extreme thirst
- Irritability and confusion
- Sunken eyes
- Dry skin that doesn’t bounce back when you pinch it
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- No tears when crying
- Little or no urination, and any urine color that is darker than usual
- In serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness
What Causes Dehydration? – There are various reasons for dehydration like intense physical activity, which makes you lose so much water – fat and calories are counted as well – so proper hydration is necessary. Other causes of dehydration include:4
- Diarrhea. It prevents your intestinal tract from absorbing water from the foods that you eat, which makes it the most common cause of dehydration.
- Vomiting. Common causes include foodborne illnesses, nausea, and alcohol poisoning.
- Sweating. Vigorous sweating may happen due to various reasons like fever and engaging in intense physical activity. Profuse sweating can also occur when you are working in a hot condition.5
- Diabetes. Aside from having high blood sugar levels, some medications for diabetes like diuretics may cause diabetics to frequently urinate.
- Frequent urination. It can be cause by alcohol and certain drugs like antihistamines, blood pressure medications, and antipsychotics.
How to Prevent Dehydration
- Since dehydration can be a life-threatening condition, it is important that you replenish your body with water immediately after you’ve lost so much. Water plays such an immense role in your bodily functions, making it an essential part of your everyday life.
- Always bring a bottle of water with you during exercise or any physical activity, especially when the temperature’s too hot. One good rule of thumb to prevent dehydration is to drink as much water until your urine turns light yellow. Dark urine means that your kidney is retaining liquids in order for your body to perform its normal functions.
- It is especially important to pay attention to people who are sick with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, so they may not become dehydrated. They should be given lots of water to replace the liquids that they’ve lost.
Choose to Drink Living Water – I advise you to avoid drinking tap water at all costs as it contains fluoride, heavy metals, and disinfection byproducts that may have ill effects on your health. Install a water filter in your home to ensure that these harmful contaminants are strained. If you want the best water for you and your family, I suggest drinking structured or “living” water, such as deep spring water. According to Dr. Gerald Pollack, one of the world’s leading research scientists about the physics of water, structured water or EZ “exclusion zone” water is the same type of water found in your cells. It has a negative charge, and works just like a battery by holding and delivering energy.
Listen to your body, and if you are sweating profusely in this heat or if you are feeling thirsty – replenish your body with water immediately. Dehydration is nothing to mess around with as it can be life threatening. Keep yourself and your higher risk family members well hydrated with healthy structured or filtered water.
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