Avoid Dehydration

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dehydration is when your body is losing more fluids than it is taking in. It's a common problem, especially among young children. Here's how to prevent it.

1. Drink lots of water! Doctors say that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. So just keep drinking water. It contains no calories and is great for your health in other ways. A good trigger to remind you to drink is every time the phone rings, then drink another glass.
2. Dress for the weather to make sure that you're not sweating more than you need to. If it's a hot, humid day, then wear lighter clothes.
3. If you're going to participate in a sport or a strenuous activity, then drink up before hand. Also important is to drink at regular intervals (around 20 minutes or so) during the activity.
4. The most common signs of dehydration are-
* Thirst
* Cracked lips
* Dizziness or lightheadedness
* Dry, sticky mouth
* Extreme headache
* Nausea
* Producing less urine or darker urine
5. If you experience any of the symptoms above, then rest for a while in a cool area and drink plenty of water.
6. Dehydration can often occur with a stomach ailment. One loses lots of fluids through vomiting and diarrhea. So if you're sick, you may not feel like eating or drinking anything. But your best bet is to take tiny sips of room-temperature, clear liquids. Ice pops are a good choice, too.

Drink more water on windier days, because the wind blows water away from your body. A good indicator of whether or not you are taking in enough fluids is your urine. Your urine should be clear enough to easily read through.Another good way to measure - you should urinate at least three times daily. If it's less, then you should probably drink more liquids.Most dehydration goes away by drinking fluids, but if you feel faint or dizzy for several hours, then you should probably see a doctor.


Trixie M. said...

thank you so much for this post, did you know that i feel all this symptoms and i realize i haven't drink water lately. I think I am dehydrated.

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