Between about 55% to about 78% of your body is made of water. There is water in everything and there is no life without water.
What is Dehydration?
If we do not drink water as much as the body needs, then it can cause dehydration.
What causes dehydration?
Dehydration happens when you don’t drink enough water, or when you lose water quickly through, for example, sweating, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Certain medications such as diuretics (water pills) can result in increased urination and dehydration. Some drinks can cause dehydration, this is a self-controversial thing, how? That is, how can water be reduced by drinking?
Which beverages hydrate the body, and which dehydrate?
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, teas and colas, are not recommended for optimal hydration. These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration. Fruit juice and fruit drinks may have too many carbohydrates, and too little sodium and they may upset your stomach. Adequate hydration will keep your summer activities safer and much more enjoyable. Keep an extra pitcher of water in the refrigerator and add fresh lemons, limes, cucumber or mint for a dash of flavor.
What are the signs of dehydration?
Signs of dehydration include Headache, Tiredness (fatigue), Dizziness, weakness, light-headedness, Dry mouth and/or a dry cough, High heart rate but low blood pressure, Loss of appetite but maybe craving sugar, Flushed (red) skin, Swollen feet, Muscle cramps, Heat intolerance, or chills, Constipation, Dark-colored pee (urine). The best way to beat dehydration is to drink before you get thirsty. If you wait until after you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
How do I prevent dehydration?
Exactly how much water do you need? That depends on your weight, age, level of activity, age, the climate of your environment and other factors. Those with diabetes, heart disease, cystic fibrosis and other conditions may need to be cautious. Although the standard advice is eight glasses of water per day (about 2.2 liters or 2.3 quarts per day for an adult female and about 3 liters or 3.2 quarts per day for an adult male).
Drink enough water to prevent yourself from feeling thirsty! Water has zero calories!
Disclaimer: The information and ideas expressed in the above mentioned blog belong solely to Dr. Ashish Kumar Srivastava in his personal capacity. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of Ceragem India.