Dehydration, Thirst and Health

dehydrate yourselfEverybody knows not drinking enough water can cause dehydration. However, what some don’t know is that many illnesses and diseases can also trigger acute dehydration due to the increased body temperature and sweating that usually occur. Which is why drinking plenty of fluids good for you when you’re fighting sickness. Your body uses fluids to expel toxins and acidity as well as to keep your system flexible, lubricated and running smoothly. What best fluid to put in your body than water.

Some believe when they feel thirsty they are becoming dehydrated, however the opposite is true. When you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. The signs of dehydration are subtle. Just because you don’t feel thirsty does not mean that you’re hydrated enough. Dehydration is one of the most serious physical problem we face. We simply don’t drink enough water. And the water we drink is not hydrating enough. So what are the more serious signs and symptoms of dehydration? The initial signs and symptoms of mild dehydration in adults appear when the body has lost about 2% of it’s total fluid. These mild dehydration symptoms are often (but not limited to):

  • Thirst
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Dry Skin
  • Skin Flushing
  • Dark Colored Urine
  • Dry Mouth
  • fatigue or Weakness
  • Chills
  • Head Rushes

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If the dehydration is not stopped and the total fluid loss reaches from 5 to 10% the following effects of dehydration are experienced: Increased heart rate, Increased body temperature, Muscle cramps, Headaches, Nausea, Tingling of the limbs. Other more serious effects are: Vomiting, Dim vision, Confusion, Difficulty breathing, Seizures, Chest and Abdominal pain, unconsciousness. Immediate help is necessary in these emergencies. If you have any of these consult your physician.

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