The Dangers of Dehydration

 

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Its been ages I have contributed any post to my most favorite section – health. Recently a friend suffered from dehydration and that’s when I thought I must share something on the this topic with my readers. I’ve tried researching a bit and the measures for fighting this condition are quite simple. All that is required is making them a habit.

Dehydration is one of the most commonly heard words since ages. Whenever you feel extremely thirsty or your mouth feels dry, it is termed as dehydration. As per definition, dehydration does mean loss of water from the body but in medical terms, it has a much deeper meaning. It is not just the basic loss of water from the body but also extensive loss of the various salts or imbalance in the electrolytes that are present in the body. One can suffer from chronic dehydration too. Hence, it is definitely not something that you can ignore.

As most people are aware, the body is composed mainly of water. Water is present within every cell of the body as well as in the space between the cells. The electrolytes or various salts like sodium, potassium, calcium etc. are very much needed so that there is constant flow of water within and outside the cells. If there is a slight imbalance in the electrolytes, the body begins to get dehydrated. The various other reasons or causes for dehydration are:

  • The first and foremost reason is obviously, drinking insufficient water. You must drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.
  • The other common reason is an upset stomach especially loose motions which drain most of the water from the body.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine can also leave the body dehydrated.
  • Lot of outdoor activity like engaging in a sport can also cause dehydration
  • Excessive sweating or urination

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While a dry mouth and feeling of thirst are the most common symptoms of dehydration, there are many other subtle signs that can indicate that you are dehydrated. Following are some of those:

  • Less frequent urination or a dark yellow color of urine
  • Sudden drop in the blood pressure
  • Headaches, constipation, colitis
  • Lack of concentration and constant feeling of tiredness and fatigue
  • Reduction in the amount of sweat released
  • Difficulty in breathing and sometimes loss of appetite

It is best to prevent such a situation than suffer from the extreme effects and work towards recovery. Following are a few measures that can be taken in order to avoid dehydration. You may be familiar with most of these but the question is whether you follow them.

  • Drink lots and lots of water. Whenever you take a short break from work, gulp down a glass of water
  • If you are used to drinking a lot of coffee or aerated beverages during the day, follow it by a glass of water as these may cause dehydration.
  • Intake of alcohol also leads to dehydration as one tends to urinate a lot too. Hence after a few alcoholic drinks, keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Always keep a bottle of water with you so that you can keep sipping water from it
  • If you are an athlete or sports person, resort to the various sports drinks that contain a lot of essential salts and electrolytes

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If, unfortunately, you suffer from severe dehydration, then you may need intravenous fluid supply to create the balance of electrolytes and salts in your body and also restore the lost water. In any case, treatment of dehydration must be done by a good physician or medical practitioner.

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Comments

  1. Indeed Dehydration is very common now-a-days…I have made up a habit of drinking at least 3 liters of water each day,thanks to my Dad as he helped me developed this habit and Drinking Water really helps us to keep so much disease away..

  2. Good article…But need to act on this soon : (

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