Almost two thirds of your body is made up of water and it plays a major role in bodily functions. In this article you’ll learn 5 symptoms of dehydration and how to prevent it.
Dehydration happens when you run out of your bodily fluids for any reason. Drinking plenty of water ensures that we are properly hydrated. Water is also needed if you are working out, or working hard, especially when you’re outdoors in the hot days of summer.
5 Signs you’re dehydrated:
Your body is constantly losing fluid, and so you are also losing essential electrolytes and salts from your body. Losing electrolyte balance and essential salts like sodium, potassium and calcium from your blood can also change the chemical makeup of your bodily fluids. Your brain can sense these changes and trigger a headache as a warning sign. The more water you lose the more severe headaches you’ll probably experience.
2. Trouble in the bathroom:
Water helps your bodily waste to move more easily through your colon. When you are dehydrated, it might become difficult for your body to move food waste out of your body efficiently. If you have trouble relieving yourself, or have extra yellow urine, because it’s concentrated with waste, make sure you drink enough water with every meal.
3. Dry skin:
As you get dehydrated, your blood volume decreases. With less blood volume, you may not have enough moisture going through your skin. With dropping blood volume and oxygen in your blood, you may feel dizzy and your skin will feel dry as well. You can also experience flushing of the skin.
4. Muscle cramps:
If you go out in the hot weather, it’s very likely that you’ll get muscle cramps from heat. Muscles can seize up if they have to work hard in the heat. Electrolyte imbalance also causes muscle cramps.
5. Cravings for sweet:
Sometimes your body finds it difficult to distinguish between dehydration and a shortage of food. If you are dehydrated, your body can send signals to you that you need food, and so, a shortage of water can make you hungry. People have been found to crave junk food like salty snacks, chocolate or sugary sweets when they are actually dehydrated.
Drinking pure water is the best way to prevent dehydration. Mineral water and spring water are also awesome. Some sports drinks have electrolytes added, just be careful of added sugar. Avoid carbonated drinks when you are thirsty.
We lose water when we exhale, sweat and when we urinate. We also lose more bodily fluids if we have a fever, diarrhea, or other physical illnesses. Lost water has to be quickly replaced or it may lead to more serious problems. Your body loses electrolyte balance or oxygen in blood when you are dehydrated. Losing water can change your bodily functions and cause discomfort or physical problems, and it’s bad for our health.
If you have to go out in the sun at the hottest part of the day, be sure to drink plenty of water, seek shade or wear a hat. Eat foods with water and fiber such as fruits and vegetables, avoid high calorie, high fat foods, and try to include some superfoods in your daily diet.
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Source: Alternative Health Concepts