If you say your body is in state of dehydration then it means it does not have enough fluid to work properly. You do not drink enough amount of water as your body needs. Right?
Dehydration is defined as the excessive loss of bodily fluids. It occurs when the body needs more fluids than are being consumed in order to work normally. The water, minerals and electrolytes are lost and desperately needed during dehydration.
In reality, no matter what someone says, the simplest and most effective way to avoid dehydration is to keep yourself hydrated in the first place. Meaning, drink more water. Dehydration makes it hard for your body to control its temperature.
The best way to avoid dehydration is to drink water before you get thirsty. If you wait for getting thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. aren’t you?
So, the goal of this brief article is to break down the importance of water. Some of common causes of dehydration are:
- Excessive sweating
- Increased urination.
The symptoms differ depending on whether the condition is mild or severe. Some symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration are:
- Dry mouth
- Less urination
- Dry skin
- Muscle cramps
Below is a list of solutions to fight dehydration and re-hydrate your body:
Drinks And Foods | Some Are Recommended Some Are Not:
- Drink a small amount of water every 15 to 30 minutes rather than drinking all at once.
- Add 1 pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or honey to half litre of water, mix thoroughly and drink in small amounts.
- Drink ORS (Oral Hydration Solution). It restores the lost vitamins an minerals during dehydration.
- Eat foods with a high water content, like Watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe, grapes and strawberries.
- Bananas have good amount of water content and are good for restoring potassium.
- Try adding 1 teaspoon lime juice, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon sugar to a half litre of water. Keep drinking it in small amounts throughout the day.
- Coconut water is really high in electrolytes. It is really good in rehydration.
- Yogurt and cottage cheese also help get rid of dehydration by restoring normal levels of sodium and potassium.
- Sodas may also contain caffeine, which can further dehydrate your body.
- Coffee contains caffeine and should be avoided too.
- Most importantly avoid alcohol beverages, they further dehydrate you.
Chronic dehydration is avoidable and reversible. Your vital organs (heart, lungs and brain) need potassium and sodium balance from being well-hydrated to work.
If you follow these above remedies for chronic dehydration, you will enjoy more energy, more strength and more mental clarity.
When suffering from dehydration, avoid any intake of alcohol and caffeine as they are known to promote sweating, thereby causing more loss of the bodies fluids.
Some foods you should eat to avoid dehydration are:
- Honey Dew melons
These are all water-rich foods that taste great and have a good blend of vitamins as well. Cucumbers alone are nearly 97% water.
Some effects that dehydration leaves to our body are:
1. Increased Vulnerability To Other Diseases:
Dehydration can lead to other troubles like high blood pressure, asthma, high cholesterol, kidney disease, acidosis, obesity, skin problems and digestion disorders.
2. Skin Problems:
Because of less fluid in your body you may have wrinkles, dry skin, risk of dandruff, and acne.
3. Weakens thinking and focus:
Dehydration can cause your blood to thicken that in can not reach to certain parts of your brain.
Without proper blood flow to your brain it can not function properly and focus and thinking ability get affected.
4. Affects Exercise Performance:
Main reasons behind the dehydration affecting the workout performance are:
- Decrements in blood volume
- Decreased flood flow to our skin
- Decreased sweat rate
- Decreased heat dissipation
- Increased use of muscle glycogen
5. Affects Our Feelings:
It makes us irritable, tired, dizzy and weakens our immune system.
Dehydration increases risk of joint pain and inflammation. Constant small headaches are there if you are dealing with dehydration.