aturally, we at EarthWater take our health very seriously, and we’re passionate about helping and encouraging our audience to live their healthiest life possible. Today, we are examining one of the most common ailments in our daily lives: Dehydration.
Many people would not consider dehydration to be a health-impacting factor in their life, especially those who live in developed countries where water scarcity is not an issue. And while we know there is a standard eight 8oz. glasses of water recommended daily intake, it often doesn’t trouble us if we don’t adhere to that recommendation.
However, when we examine the actual signs and symptoms of dehydration, it becomes clear that we should be taking our body’s hydration very seriously, as so many of the most common illnesses and discomforts are cured simply by giving your body the water it needs. More importantly, there are some very dangerous side effects to allowing our body to go thirsty without replenishing it. After all, we are 70% water.
Here are a few Dehydration Facts to get us started:
- Our bodies are made of 70% water; As such, we NEED water to function.
- Dehydration occurs when water intake is less than water loss.
- Symptoms of dehydration can range from mild to life-threatening.
- The young and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration.
Individuals with chronic stomach ailments who suffer from frequent urination or diarrhea as well as those who suffer from diabetes are also more susceptible to dehydration. Also, dehydration during pregnancy carries increase risk of complications, according to our friends at Mom Loves Best. In these groups of people, plus the young and elderly, is where we find the more dangerous side effects of the condition.
What are the symptoms of Dehydration?
· Inability to cry / make tears
· Decreased urination
· Dry mouth / decreased saliva
· Dry or cracking lips
· Inability to sweat
· Nausea / Vomiting
· Heart palpitations
What are the dangers of Dehydration?
While the symptoms of dehydration are scary in and of themselves, there are further complications and risks that can occur if these symptoms are ignored.
- Kidney failure
- Heat related illnesses
- Electrolyte imbalance
Pretty scary stuff.
How can we prevent Dehydration?
Preventing dehydration is as simple as following the recommended daily intake of water per your body’s weight. But we can go further to supporting our own hydration and health by drinking purified water that is also fortified with antioxidants, electrolytes, and trace minerals so that we’re not only replenishing our body’s water levels, but also improving our overall health and ability to absorb and use that water properly.
If you believe you may be dehydrated, increase your water intake and talk to your doctor about your health and diet routine. Especially in this record-high summer heat, stay safe, healthy and hydrated!