How Dehydration Hurts You
Summer or winter, spring or fall staying hydrated is essential for maintaining a good and healthy life. After all, water makes up the majority of the weight in our body. For counteracting dehydration it is the best way to treat it, but before we get into that let's see how dehydration can occur.
Doctors often ask that how much water you drink in a day. This question comes up even more often during the warmer months. The quick non symbolized, general suggestion would be that a normal person should drink water half of one's weight in ounces. For example if a person weighs 90 kg should aim for 2.5 litres of water daily.
How Dehydration Occurs:
Sweating, using the lavatory, and even breathing are all contributing factors of losing water. The more water that leaves your body the more chances of you being dehydrated. For example, diarrhea and vomiting are contributing factors for rapid loss of water from your body. Hot climates and being physically active will also speed up the dehydration process. When losing water be sure to replace it with more.
Symptoms of Dehydration:
Dehydration is just more than being really thirsty. One should always learn about the symptoms so you will always know that what your body is telling you, and when it is time to take immediate action.
- Dry mouth
- Little/no urine or darker than normal
Dangers of Dehydration:
Staying hydrated has many benefits, which means the adverse is true. There are many identified ways in which dehydration hurts you.
- Physical performance
- Cognitive performance
- Gastrointestinal function
- Kidney function
- Heart function
Some people are more prone to get dehydrated than others. The elderly are especially at the risk, since people age, they may not be able to recognize or sense dehydration. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also be careful to remain hydrated. Others who are at greater risk are people who are exercising, suffering from fever or the ones who are trying to lose weight. Several studies have found that even mild dehydration can decrease your personnel and power, especially in height and weight, low rep workouts that are popular resistance workouts for busy individuals. Dehydration leads to higher temperatures in your tendons which in turn leads to an enzyme activity that contributes to an aerobic energy production.
Tips for Staying Hydrated:
The amount of water consumed for proper hydration varies from person to person. A normal person should consume about three litres of water daily. This is just a baseline but it varies with age, health, climate and physical condition and activity. Sometimes you should be more attentive about water intake. If you find difficulties staying hydrated then try the following steps:
- Don't wait until you are thirsty- drink water frequently!
- Keep a bottle of water with you throughout the day
- Add a slice of lemon to your glass of water —this improves the flavour and can help you drink more
- Drink water when you are hungry- hunger can be confused with thirst
It is more obvious to stay hydrated during the summer days but it is also necessary to stay hydrated during the colder times. No matter what time of the year you should always pay attention to what your body is signalling and take the necessary steps to remain hydrated.