Did you know that up to 60 percent of the adult human body is made up of water?
Water is an essential part of a healthy, functioning body. It helps remove waste and toxins, balance your brain's chemicals, deliver oxygen to your body, and so much more. Without it, we don't last long.
That's why you should never forget the importance of staying hydrated. But what exactly causes dehydration and what are the symptoms? To find out all of the answers, keep on reading this article.
What Is Dehydration?
Dehydration is a condition that's caused by a lack of fluid in the body. If you're dehydrated, your body is losing more fluid than it is taking in, and this directly impacts the way your body functions.
Depending on how much fluid your body loses, you can be affected by mild, moderate, or severe dehydration.
Common Symptoms of Dehydration
When your body is lacking fluid, a variety of signs can start to show. Check out some of the most common below:
- dehydration headache
- dry mouth
- sugar cravings
- muscle cramps
- dark-colored urine
If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, then dehydration is probably at play. Be sure to drink a lot of water and to see a doctor if the symptoms progress to the point of severity.
The Causes Dehydration
There are many different reasons as to why a person might be dehydrated. Everything from taking a new medication to thirst conditions can cause your body to lose water.
While it's normal to lose fluids from everyday functions like urinating, defecating, breathing, and sweating, losing too much without taking any in will cause dehydration.
Water loss can be caused by things like a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, and medications including diuretics. These things can lead to dehydration if not enough water is taken in to replace the liquids lost.
Urology Conditions affected by dehydration
There are certain urological conditions that can be worsened by low fluid intake. Staying hydrated for the following conditions is very important: Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Stones, Bladder Inflammation and Kidney Failure.
Your urinary system helps remove waste from your body and when you are dehydrated, build up of waste can lead to many problems such as bacterial growth, reduced metabolism or even compromise your organs leading to kidney failure.
Drinking the recommended amount of water can help prevent the buildup of minerals. This will help flush out the toxins from the body and prevent the buildup from turning into kidney stones or bladder inflammation that leads to urinary tract infections.
Treating dehydration is simple in most cases: drink water. Don't let yourself start to feel thirsty before you take a sip; if your body is telling you that you need water, it's probably already dehydrated a little!
You can treat chronic dehydration symptoms with intravenous fluids. Administer these fluids until the body has enough fluid to function properly again.
You can also keep your fluid levels up by eating foods that contain large amounts of water. Many fruits and vegetables are water-heavy and filled with the nutrients your body needs, so it's a win-win.
Empower Your Body by Fighting Dehydration
Your body needs an ample amount of water intake to function properly, so it's important that you're consistently drinking water. Not only will it make you feel better, but your body will start to thank you, too.
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