It’s no secret that we all get too caught up in the chaos around us and let our busy lives takeover. It’s also easy to forget to replenish our body with liquids so we don’t get dehydrated.
The human body can only exist for 5-7 days without water, thus dehydration must be taken seriously. But what really is dehydration? Medically, dehydration is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in which the body contains an insufficient volume of water for normal functioning. Even though most people say the body requires about eight large glasses of water per day, based on an estimate of fluid loss during a normal day, it’s also very important to not consume too much water as it could lead to water poisoning( or also known as water intoxication) and death.
Many people say if you can’t remember to do eight glasses a day, having a glass of water once in the morning(especially after you first wake up), during lunch and during dinner time is a great way to remember. But for some, it’s still challenging to actually remember to drink water. Now anyone can become dehydrated and while might some think that you can fix dehydration with juice or any other kind of liquids, this isn’t true. While some liquids can actually make you more dehydrated then you already are and cause you to feel even worse, some do recommend drinking gatorade and or pedialyte if you aren’t a fan of water.
The common signs of being mildly dehydrated are, according to the Mayo clinic, but are not limited to; dry, sticky mouth, sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual, thirst, and decreased urine output. While severe dehydration signs are; extreme thirst, very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes, little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal, sunken eyes and probably the most common one, shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold. Some will even suffer from terrible headaches that won’t seem to go away on it’s own and turn to painkillers to help
Some also might find that putting alarm clock reminder on your phone also helps with remembering to drink enough water. Anyone can become dehydrated and many are at risk. But dehydration left untreated can cause many complications such as: Heat injury, swelling of the brain (cerebral edema), seizures, and even death. And in some cases, require the patient to be admitted into the hospital for IV treatment. If you think you might be dehydrated and nothing is helping, it’s advised to go to the emergency room for the proper help you need.
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