It’s sneaky, insidious, uncomfortable, sometimes dangerous. It can be chronic, it can be acute. This will make your life uncomfortable or, if left alone, can lead to serious medical complications and even death.
Dehydration can be prevented and easily managed when you lose more water, but it must not be taken lightly.
In a study published in the American journal of public health, it is estimated that half of American children ages 6 to 19 have not been adequately hydrated. The proportion of adults is thought to be even higher, with some saying that up to 75 percent of americans suffer from chronic dehydration, but this statistic – often cited – is hard to verify.
How do I know I’m dehydrated?
Fair question! As with most threat assessments, you need to learn to identify signs that are subtle. The sooner you catch them, the better you’ll be. Prevention is always your best friend.
Warning signs of dehydration:
Have a headache
Mild confusion, fidgety
It feels like hunger
Dry lips (often covered with lip gloss and lip gloss) and dry mouth
In case you miss out on these warnings, your body will turn up the volume and start yelling at you. Here are more obvious signs of dehydration (don’t let it go this far!) :
The skin is dry
You can’t sweat or tears when you cry
What causes dehydration?
Some of the more common and obvious dehydration causes include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating, fever, and increase in the number of urine caused by drugs, such as diuretics and blood pressure drugs, and has not yet been diagnosed diabetes or not control through diet or drugs.
But that’s not the only reason! Many people suffer from mild dehydration every day for less obvious reasons
Living in a dry climate
Too hot and the sun
Skin infections or diseases
Winter activities (due to low humidity)
Water cannot be used because of the limited mobility or availability
Not drinking enough water (soda, coffee, tea, juice!).
Food (especially salty) and beverages (especially caffeine) are used as diuretics
How to avoid dehydration
Most authorities recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, equivalent to half a gallon. It is suggested that you drink half of your body weight every day, which is more than 8 cups for most of us.
If you are physically active, or where you live in a particularly dry area, you should drink more than 8 cups. Even if you are sick, vomiting or diarrhea, make sure you drink enough water or melt the ice in your mouth.
For mild to moderate dehydration, for reasons such as moving from heat to air conditioning, and drinking some water may be what you need. If the symptoms are serious, then seeking medical services may be important to save you or someone else’s life.