Dehydration is a normal occurrence in the body and something every human being manages on a daily basis. No matter who you are you need to drink liquids to keep from becoming dehydrated and causing lasting harm to your body. Since I hike, bike, and kayak, my body can become dehydrated very quickly, especially on hot summer days. Here are some of the things I’ve learned that dehydration could cause in your body, and ways to make sure you stay properly hydrated at all times.
Many things both natural and unnatural can cause dehydration in humans. Some of the common causes are diarrhea, vomiting, fever, exercise, and low water intake. The best way to prevent dehydration is to take caution against being dehydrated in the first place. Make sure if working in hot weather, exercising, or while sick you replace the amount of water you have lost.
Because thirst isn’t always the most reliable way to gauge the body’s need for water you need to be aware of symptoms that could be pointing to dehydration. Here are some of the most severe signs of dehydration that you need to be aware of for both adults and children alike. These can include:
- Extreme thirst
- Sleepiness in children, irritability in adults
- Dry mouth, skin, and nose
- Little or no urination
- Sunken eyes
- Skin has lost elasticity
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heart beat
- Rapid Breathing
- No tears
- In extremely serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness
A good gauge of proper hydration is the color of your urine. Clear urine is a sign of good hydration while a darker yellow or amber color could represent dehydration’s presence. If severe symptoms arise call 911 or visit your nearest hospital. In more severe cases make sure to get help if any of the following symptoms arise, especially in children or the elderly.
- Severe Diarrhea
- Bloody or Black Stool
- Can’t keep Fluids Down
Since dehydration has been around for a long time, we have come up with some of the best ways to treat and cure this common ailment. If your dehydrated make sure to follow these tips to keep your body running smoothly.
Get Water– It may seem dumb to tell people to drink more water but some people think that a glass or two of water a day will keep your body running perfectly. In the summer you need to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day to stay healthy.
Eat Fruits and Veggies– Both fruits and veggies will help you combat dehydration and provide you with an all natural vitamin and health boost. Pick juicy fruits a few times a week while avoiding food that are either dry or salty.
Avoid Diuretics– If you’ve been experiencing a high level of dehydration then you may want to work on cutting diuretics out of your diet. These cause you to release more water than you normally would. Coffee, tea, and lemon are all examples of natural diuretics.
Electrolyte Drinks– If you are dehydrated drink more drinks that contain electrolytes for a large refreshment of liquids in your body. Electrolytes help balance salt and other nutrients in your body while maintaining hydration.
No matter what you do for physical fun it’s important to know how to spot dehydration and how to treat it once diagnosed. Remember, see a doctor if severe symptoms present themselves, especially in younger children and the elderly. Staying hydrated will keep your body happy and working in optimum condition for years to come!
Mayo Clinic- Dehydration
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