Summer months usually cause dehydration. Remaining hydrated is very important for overall well-being. Dehydration may cause fatigue, dizziness and disorientation. In fact sometimes you may not feel any obvious symptoms of dehydration. This kind of dehydration, when you don’t feel any symptoms makes aging faster. So make sure you are properly hydrated.
Summer is not the only reason for dehydration. One of the biggest reasons for being dehydrated is drinking less water and eating less vegetables and fruits. Of course over exposure to the heat, excessive sweating due to exercises and vomiting and diarrhea also cause dehydration. Frequent urinating and continuous exposure to air-conditioning are also responsible for dehydration.
One of the obvious home remedies for dehydration is drink a lot of water.
Dehydration Remedies – Home Treatment
Always keep a full bottle of mineral water with you. Drink the water often and refill your water bottle. If you are continuously working in an air conditioned environment, then you are most likely to get dehydration and no even know it. So drink 10-12 glasses of water daily.
Water is essential for your good health. It can come from different sources of what you drink and eat. Most fruits and vegetables contain water. Eating fruits like water melon is almost like drinking water.
It is easy to identify if you are dehydrated. If your urine is dark yellow that means you are dehydrated. Of course some medications and vitamin supplements change the color of urine. So you should be able to distinguish the reasons of urine coloration.
If you drink more water than required then you will have frequent urination which is better than being dehydrated.
Very cold water will not solve the problem so drink water at room temperature or near room temperature.
Another natural home remedies for dehydration is drinking sports drinks, particularly after playing for a long time or exercising. You can make the sports drink yourself by adding little salt and sugar to water for the taste. But the salts are necessary for replenishment of lost minerals during the dehydration process.
Say no to alcohol and caffeine because they are natural diuretics and cause dehydration.
All the above home remedies for dehydration are for adults and teenagers. Children and infants get dehydrated due to diarrhea and vomiting very often and are one of the main causes of deaths of young children in developing nations.
Causes of dehydration among children are mainly vomiting and diarrhea. Other main cause include sweating due to physical activates like sports.
When body loses substantial amount of fluid the body gets dried up or dehydrated. Under normal daily routine we lose body fluids in the form of sweat, tears, urine and stool. This has to be replenished by drinking water and other fluids to compensate for the lost fluid and other daily requirements of the fluids by the body.
Dehydration caused by diarrhea is one the biggest cause of premature children death in the world.
Early signs and symptoms of dehydration can certainly go unnoticed and it may not do much harm to adults. But, in case of children it is important to ensure that dehydration symptoms are taken seriously. Any sign of it should warn you to take action because more children die of dehydration than any other single condition in the world.
It is easy to recognize the signs and symptoms of dehydration. Some of these symptoms can also be associated with other diseases. In any case the dehydration treatment will be the first to be given. In some cases the treatment may be just to drink lots of water and in other serious cases the saline water is given intravenous.
The easily recognizable signs and symptoms of dehydration include dizziness and headaches, dark urine and/or inability to urinate, dry mouth and nose, weakness, nausea and vomiting.
If any of the above signs and symptoms appear than go and drink a lot of water which should give some immediate relief. Adult will feel it and talk about it and will normally get the required treatment.
In children the signs and symptoms are slightly different and the adults have to recognize them. Dry mouth and tongue are very common in most children with dehydration.
If the child doesn’t get any tears when crying then it is a certain sign of dehydration. Other observation can be that there are no wet diapers for 3 hours or more. Additionally abdomen eyes and even ears may appear sunken. Child may have high fever with irritability. One sure sign of dehydration in children is the skin that does not flatten when pinched and released.
So don’t ignore any of these signs and symptom of dehydration which is easy to treat in its early stages at home. In advanced stages medical help is a must.