Are you Dehydrated?
We all know that Water is a critical element of our body and keeping it adequately hydrated is a must!
Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in…seems pretty simple. We lose water routinely when we sweat to cool down or urinate frequently. Additional fluid intake would be needed to replace excessive sweating from exercise or fever, fluid loss from vomiting and diarrhea or increased urine output.
During our busy day…we can forget to drink enough….which can lead to feeling lethargic, headaches and just all around crappy. 🙁
Common causes of Dehydration are…
Diarrhea – Diarrhea is the most common reason for you to lose excess amounts of water. A significant amount of water can be lost with each bowel movement.
Vomiting – Vomiting can also be a cause of fluid loss. Not only can your lose fluid from vomiting, but it may be difficult to replace water by drinking because of that same nausea and vomiting.
Sweat – Your body can lose a significant amount of water in the form of sweat when it tries to cool itself. Whether the body temperature is increased because of working or exercising in a hot environment or due to a fever, your body uses water in the form of sweat to cool itself.
Diabetes – If you are Diabetic..elevated blood sugar levels cause sugar to spill into your urine and water follows which may cause significant dehydration. Frequent urination and excessive thirst are among the early symptoms of diabetes.
Your body’s initial response to dehydration will be to feel thirsty to encourage you to drink. Next will be decreased urine output to try to conserve water loss. Your urine will become concentrated and more yellow in color. As your level of water loss increases…more symptoms can become apparent. Here are some additional signs and symptoms of dehydration…
- Increased Thirst
- Dry Mouth
- Palpitations (feeling like your heart is jumping or pounding)
- Sluggishness / Fatigue
- Inability to Sweat / No Tears
- Decreased Urine output
- Muscle Cramps
Water is the best way to rehydrate your body! Next in line are Soda which is not my favorite but in a pinch…Iced Tea, Coffee…any drinks that contain Caffeine. Even though they act as diuretics.. you’re also pulling a little extra fluid from your body because of the caffeine. Fruits like Watermelon and Grapes that are water based are also helpful in staying hydrated or rehydrating.
If you feel you have a severe case of Dehydration…call 911 or go immediately to your nearest emergency room!!!!!
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