Dehydration: Causes And Prevention

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water in bodyDehydration
occurs when your body don’t have sufficient water or fluid and necessary body salt to execute its normal function due to more use of fluid than you consume.

Dehydration is not a serious issue for youth but it can slow you down if you overlook your thirst as up to two third of your body’s weight is constituted of water.


Symptoms of Dehydration

1. Feeling lightheaded.

2. Sleepiness and a tingling in the limbs.

3. Feeling fatigue.

4. Having a dry or gummy mouth.

5. Physical and mental weakness, including severe thirst.

6. Producing less and darker urine.

7. Due to decreased sweating, body temperature may go up.

8. Headache.

9. Skin may dry up and vision may dim.

10. Greater loss in water inside body may also result in fatal as organs fail (starting with the kidneys).


Causes of Dehydration


  • Not enough consumption of water in hot weather conditions or after exercise.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Intense bouts of diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and unnecessary sweating.
  • Infectious diseases like Yellow fever, Gastroenteritis, Cholera.


Tips to avoid Dehydration


1. The very first thing you should do is drink sufficient amount of water daily to prevent dehydration. You should drink at least 2 liters (6 to 8 glasses) of water per day.

2. Blend one fourth (1/4) teaspoon salt with 3 teaspoon of sugar. Mix 2 teaspoon lime juice in it. Now add it with 1 cup of water and drink.

3. Avoid eating spicy food to prevent sweating in summer days. You are required to eat potassium-rich meals along with coconut water, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and sweet potatoes to replenish electrolytes which your body loose in dehydration.

4. Avoid exposure in direct sun by using sunglasses, covering face with stole, umbrellas, hats and staying in shade.

5. Wear loose fitting and light colored clothes (especially cotton clothes) while going outside in sunlight. Dark color clothes absorb more heat which proliferate more sweat, and tight fitting clothes hamper the external cooling necessary for your body to normalize inner body temperature.

6. Smoking dries up the inner lining of throat and causes the cells to get dehydrated. So say no to smoking.

7. Alcohol dehydrates the cells lining of the throat and stomach and also affects the liver cells and can cause severe dehydration.


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