The human body contains 60% water but can get dehydrated if water is not drunk on time. If it isn’t clear what today’s topic is about then maybe you need a glass of water for the proper functioning of the brain.
Today we will try to understand what is dehydration? why it occurs? and how it can be treated? So stay tuned, because in the next 10 minutes or less, you will get some valuable information.
WHAT is Dehydration and WHAT it can do to you?
In simple language Dehydration is a lack of water in the body, it occurs when you don’t drink water for an extended period of time. There are some other reasons for dehydration but we will discuss them later on. For now, understand this, Dehydration is perilous and it could even kill you.
Basically, Dehydration is of 3 types:
- Isotonic dehydration- In this water and sodium (salt) are lost together.
- Hypertonic dehydration- It occurs when too much water is lost and salt is in excess in the body.
- Hypotonic dehydration- In this sodium loss is greater than water loss.
Let me show you what dehydration can do to you:
Not only that but dehydration also affects mood, at least that is what research suggests.
WHY Dehydration occurs?
The main reason is not drinking sufficient water, but there are other reasons like:
- Sweating, mainly due to intense workouts
- Diabetes, blood pressure
- Burns, as water seeps out of damaged skin
- The inability to drink adequately
- Heatstroke and summers
HOW to identify and prevent it?
There are ways to identify if you are dehydrated or not. One of them is urine colour. I’ve made a chart that can guide you :
But other than that, you should frequently drink water even if you are not thirsty. In summer keeping a water bottle with you is a good idea. If you are out for long, make sure you drink sufficient water to avoid dehydration.
Nowadays, there are also some apps that can remind you to drink water after a specified time period. Other than water you can also have coconut water, soup, watermelon (especially in summer), juices, and chaaz-lassi (buttermilk) to stay hydrated.
There’s another effective way to get hydrated and regain the lost salts: Electrolytes. Electrolytes not only hydrate you but also helps in many bodily functions. The good news for you is I have a blog on Internal Guardian-Electrolytes!!, it will guide you properly. That was my 4th blog (the current blog is 54th 😉 ).
You can also get the similar electrolyte that I take from here :
Dehydration is not only associated with loss of water, but also loss of salt. Thus treatment of dehydration also requires replenishing salts
I forgot to mention, that you need to avoid alcohol, caffeine, soda or other beverages when you are dehydrated. Don’t ask why, just do what FGW suggests.
A study on 102 men found that drinking additional 1.5 litres of water per day resulted in siginificant improvement in headaches.
Congratulation!!! You have successfully reached the end of this blog. You have won a glass of water. Grab your gift from the nearest water source and don’t forget to drink it.
Until next time, remember to smile & stay hydrated (I think I’ve said it somewhere before).