Dehydration: What-Why-How?

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:

  1. Isotonic dehydration- In this water and sodium (salt) are lost together.
  2. Hypertonic dehydration- It occurs when too much water is lost and salt is in excess in the body.
  3. Hypotonic dehydration- In this sodium loss is greater than water loss.

Let me show you what dehydration can do to you:

FGW recommends you drink water after viewing this

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
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Diabetes, blood pressure
  • Burns, as water seeps out of damaged skin
  • The inability to drink adequately
  • Fever
  • 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 πŸ˜‰ ).

You can also get the similar electrolyte that I take from here :

https://amzn.to/3Pj3z20

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).

58 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes, summer is here and staying hydrated is key! Thanks for the information on losing salts as well. I wasn’t as familiar with that. One key point is to sip water frequently rather than to gulp it infrequently. Sipping water will rehydrate you but gulping will only make you run for the loo.

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    1. Yes!
      A lot of people drink very little water, or only when they think they are thirsty, but we should drink as much as water we can. Other than water, sugarcane juice, coconut water is great option.

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      1. Yes, when I went on a outdoor camping and canoeing trip, the leader said if you feel thirsty it’s too late, you’re already dehydrated. I feel that viewpoint is a bit extreme, but it is a good indicator of how often we must drink water. Yes, coconut water is great. Sugar(cane) I need to avoid. : )

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      2. Sugarcane juice is very common in india!!
        Then there’s aam panna ( a drink made of green mangoes), buttermilk. It’s advisable to hydrate max

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      3. Yes, fruit drinks can be very hydrating.

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      4. I would be grateful if you can find some time to read my blog ” summer is here” .

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  2. Muktioza says:

    Excellent! You gave us more than one reason to go that glass of water❀. Also, we can keep drinking and still calmly drive coz it’s just water πŸ˜…. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thanks for your precious comment.

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  3. I read the whole post while drinking water actually!
    Really informative, thanks for sharing.

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    1. How much water you drank anyway? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment.

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      1. Oh.. A glass at that time! 😁

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      2. Hmmm then it’s fine!
        Otherwise a glass for each paragraph would be too much.
        But yeah, overall you are doing fine.
        Also, I hope you are at good health.
        Keep smiling dear Vidah

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      3. Haha, yess.
        I am good.. Hope you are fine too.😊
        Keep smiling, Devang!

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      4. I’m great!!
        Take care πŸ™‚

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  4. Vartika says:

    Thanks for sharing the knowledge.. great post

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    1. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    I am so thirsty now! πŸ˜† Your post addresses an important health-related topic. Thank you, Devang! πŸ’¦

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting mam.
      Stay hydrated πŸ™‚

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        You are welcome, Devang. Stay healthy! 🌞

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      2. I’m looking forward to your new blog. It’s been a while πŸ™‚

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      3. Michele Lee says:

        That is nice of you to write. I will post on Saturday. It has been a busy week! Thank you. πŸ™πŸ»

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      4. I shall wait!
        I get a lot of positive vibes with your blogs
        Keep shining 🌞

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      5. Michele Lee says:

        πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒž

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  6. Patricia Anne says:

    This is so informative and I drink water every day as much as I can. I am always leaving for work with my thermus of water and drinking water as many positive factors

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    1. You are doing great!!!
      Take care πŸ™‚

      Like

  7. Ok so I have grabbed my gift (glass of water) and I WON’T FORGET TO DRINK IT.
    By the way the post was very informative….great share and stay hydrated 😁 *now please don’t say that I copied your line again😁*

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    1. Thanks!!
      I had to change the way I start my blog just because of you πŸ˜…

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      1. Welcome 😊
        Why..what I didπŸ˜…

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      2. “Welcome or welcome back to my blog”….
        πŸ˜‚
        I thought it was new to me, I didn’t know you use this already πŸ˜…

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      3. Hey many bloggers use that kind of introsπŸ˜‚
        HeheπŸ˜……ok so I’ll try to avoid it…I never knew that you changed it because of me otherwise I would have avoided it.

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      4. Mene 1-2 bar kia tha
        Phr dekha THE CANDY already use kar rhi he to phr avoid kia.
        Muje vse bhi apne intro vary karte rhene padte he. Topics could be boring so needs a good start.

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      5. 😁
        Oo…yea…you need to work so much for your blog posts

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      6. I would appreciate any suggestions I can have from THE CANDY 🍫

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      7. Sure…I’ll definitely share if I have any suggestions!

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  8. ~M says:

    I once ended up with heat exhaustion and landed in the emergency room. Not fun at all.

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    1. Oh !!
      That sounds extreme 😳
      I hope you are doing good

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      1. ~M says:

        Yeah, kinda thought I was gonna die. But I made it (obviously) πŸ˜‰
        I’ve been sick the last few days, and I’m hardly ever sick. Almost forgot what it was like! πŸ˜…
        I hope you’re doing good. πŸ™‚

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      2. Please take care and get well soon
        Best wishes

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      3. ~M says:

        Thank you 😊

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  9. Priti says:

    Very informative article actually most of us suffer from it in Summer and yes drinking enough water can protect us. Well shared thanks πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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    1. Thanks for commenting

      Like

      1. Priti says:

        It’s pleasure of mine stay happy 😘

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      2. Have a peaceful day mam!!
        School today? Or summer vacations?

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      3. Priti says:

        Yes Summer vacation has started from 13th May so I have few more time.😊😊What do you do? Studying? Or finished?

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      4. More time means more Stories 😍
        I have a buisness mam 😁
        You know yesterday, I was wondering it’s been a while since your last blog and then you posted one yesterday. I was happy to read it

        Like

      5. Priti says:

        Wow wonderful ! You are a businessman at so young age! Good. What type of business have you! Yes I will try.

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      6. Export πŸ™‚
        I’m also trying to make earning from blogging so yeah πŸ™‚πŸ˜…
        I would like to connect with you on Instagram or something.

        Like

      7. Priti says:

        I gave you once my Instagram id. It’s pritilata nandi – 783

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      8. Ok, I’ll connect you there

        Like

  10. vermavkv says:

    What a beautiful blog on dehydration..
    This is very informative and must keep in mind..thanks for sharing dear..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for commenting

      Like

    1. Thanks for commenting

      Like

  11. Binu says:

    very informative

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for your time.

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  12. Petrina says:

    Water is my favorite drink, in addition to coffee. Usually, I have a large coffee in the morning after my first glass of water and normally for the rest of the day, I drink water.
    Dehydration seems to give me headaches as well. Thank you for this!! I’m really big on nutrition and how it significantly is related to our overall well-being. I like your articles. 😊

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
      I really appreciate your time

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