71% of the earth is covered by water and about the same percentage of a human body is made of water as well. With that being said, hydration plays a huge role in your bodies daily maintenance routine. Dehydration is a major issue among children, adults, and the elderly; and it can happen quickly especially in a hot climate like Florida or can be a chronic issue from not consuming enough water on a daily basis. The water in your body is found inside cells, within blood vessels, and between cells and their survival requires a rather sophisticated water management system.
What causes our body to become dehydrated?
- Being outside and not drinking enough water
- Not drinking enough water while working out in the gym. Energy drinks and sodas don’t hydrate. They dehydrate.
- Not consuming enough water on a daily basis.
- Plus more…
What can happen to our body when it’s dehydrated?
- Severely decreased urine output or no urine output. The urine, if any, produced is concentrated and a deep yellow or amber color.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness that does not allow the person to stand or walk normally.
- Blood pressuredrops when the person tries to stand after lying down (low blood pressure or orthostatic hypotension)
- Rapid heart rate
- Poor skin elasticity (skin slowly sinks back to its normal position when pinched)
- Lethargy, confusion, or coma
Some causes of dehydration are:
- Diarrhea– the most common cause of dehydration and related deaths. The large intestine absorbs water from food matter, and diarrhea prevents this function, leading to dehydration.
- Vomiting– leads to a loss of fluids and makes it difficult to replace water by drinking it.
- Sweating– the body’s cooling mechanism releases a significant amount of water. Hot and humid weather and vigorous physical activity can further increase fluid loss from sweating.
- Diabetes– high blood sugar levels cause increased urination and fluid loss.
- Frequent urination– usually caused by uncontrolled diabetes, but also can be due to alcohol and medications such as diuretics, antihistamines, blood pressure medications, and anti-psychotics.
- Burns– water seeps into damaged skin and the body loses fluids.
Our bodies communicate with us by letting us know that we are thirsty, we just need to pay attention. There are a few different ways you can quench your thirst.
**Drink plenty of water
**IV Fluids (Severe cases)
It is very important to keep ourselves hydrated. It also has an added benefit of curbing hunger. When you are feeling hungry, drink an 8oz glass of water. Your body might not be hungry, it may simply be getting dehydrated. Drinking water during a meal with also help you with portion control, thus helping with your diet, if you are trying to lose weight.
Remember to Eat Better, Live Better, and ultimately you will feel better!