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Sunday, December 15News That Matters

WHAT IS DEHYDRATION? TIPS FOR STAYING HYDRATED

Dehydration is a condition when your body no longer has enough fluids left to function normally because you have either used or have lost the fluids more than you have taken in. If you don’t compensate for the lost fluids by taking in more than you are likely to get dehydrated.

Dehydration can occur in people of any age, but it is the most dangerous for children of young age and elderly people.

There are various causes of dehydration however, the main cause of dehydration among young children is; vomiting and severe diarrhea. Whereas, elderly people generally have a lesser amount of water in their bodies than the younger ones hence, they might get dehydrated due to the medications that they take for any reason. Which also means that even minor sickness such as infections in the bladder or the lungs can make older people get dehydrated.

Moreover, dehydration also occurs when you are young but don’t drink an adequate amount of water especially in hot summer days when you have a lot of daily activities to perform.

You can prevent dehydration by consuming enough amount of water throughout the day and not letting your body run out of water.

Here are a few tips on how to stay hydrated specifically in extremely hot weather;

1) Buy a new water bottle

Just like a new gym dress motivates you and makes you feel excited to go to the gym, buying a new water bottle with creative features would want you to drink water from it more often and take it everywhere with you which you ultimately help in keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day.  Also, make sure the bottle you buy is bigger in size so that you can consume more and more water.

2) Set reminders

If you are too busy in your work that you might forget drinking water then you should set an alarm for every couple of hours or you can simply download water tracking application on your mobile phone that keeps on reminding you to drink water.

3) Drink less but frequently

Drinking a few sips of water after every 15-20 minutes is much more effective than drinking 1 or 2 liters of water after 2 to 3 hours.

4) Drink sprinkling water instead of soda

In soda, there is a good amount of sugar and caffeine content which can dehydrate your body pretty easily. In order to prevent your body from getting dehydrated, try replacing your soda intake with sparkling water. You can just add a few drops of orange or lemon juice or mint leaves into the sparkling water and enjoy the refreshing summer drink.

5) Coconut water

Coconut water is a heavenly drink in hot summer days as it contains natural electrolytes that are necessary for rehydrating your body and provide legit refreshment to you. However, you should drink natural coconut water rather than the processed one as it contains a large amount of added sugar which makes you dehydrated.

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