Dehydration is a problem that can affect more people during the warmer months than at any other time. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of dehydration and how you can combat it.
There are many symptoms of dehydration, some less known than others. But spotting them is a big step to combatting the issue. Signs of mild dehydration are:
- Dry mouth
- Increased thirst
- Dizziness and feeling weak
- Decreased urine output and darkening of colour of urine
- Dry skin
There are some symptoms, which indicate severe dehydration and should not be ignored. These are:
- Low blood pressure when the person tries to stand up, after lying down
- Severe decrease in amount of urine produced or no production at all
- Rapid heart rate
- Can’t stand or walk due to dizziness feeling
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased or constant vomiting over a short period of time
- Headache and lethargy
- Seizures or shock
Mild dehydration can be treated at home with several remedies. The immediate one that comes to mind is of course drinking more fluids. However, there are other methods you can use to re-hydrate your body.
Increase fluid intake
Increasing the amount of fluids – not just in the form of drinking water – is the easiest way to re-hydrate your body. Drinks, which contain more carbohydrates and electrolytes, such as sports energy drinks are a good option. Ice-lollies and ice cubes will also help to bring your fluid levels up.
Coconut water contains a great amount of electrolytes and so is also highly recommended for dehydration.
You can even make a homemade rehydration solution to keep sipping on. For this mix, you’ll need to use ½ teaspoon of salt and 6 teaspoons of sugar to every 4 cups of water.
Eat watery fruits and vegetables
Aside from drinking more fluids, you can also eat foods, which have a high liquid content, to rehydrate your body. Foods such as cucumber, watermelon, oranges and tomatoes, are ideal to snack on.
Increase nutrients like potassium & sodium
Another effect of being dehydrated is loss of minerals like potassium. To combat this issue, bananas are a great fruit to eat. They also help your muscles to function easier, which may cramp up if you are dehydrated.
Another food high in potassium is yogurt. Eating yogurt is another remedy if you’re dehydrated. It also contains sodium, which your body can also lack if you’re dehydrated.
Dehydration in hot conditions
If dehydration is a side effect of over exposure to hot conditions, there are other specific remedies you can try.
A damp towel
Using a cool damp towel around your shoulders, head, neck and wrists is a good way to cool your body down. Ideally, the best place to use a damp towel is on thinner skin. However, avoid using ice packs.
Wearing light clothing
De-layering your clothes and wearing thinner fabrics is another method to combat dehydration. De-layering this way will not only help your body and skin to cool down quicker, but will also work well with the other remedies.
Dehydration can be a problem, which we rarely consider. However, it is vital to be able to spot the symptoms and know the remedies. If anyone suffers from severe dehydration, you must get him or her to a doctor as quickly as possible. Mild dehydration, on the other hand, can be relieved with home remedies.
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