Summer days are already on its way and the most common problem which occurs in this season is dehydration. Water is the most essential part of our body. Almost 75% of out body is consisting of water only and in summer season body loses more of water which eventually leads to dehydration. In very simple term dehydration means water output is more than the water being consumed by the body.
Common causes: Diarrhea, vomiting, excess of seating, fever is the common causes of dehydration where body tends to lose water. All these conditions are very common during summer season, so it is very necessary to prevent this condition & tackle it smartly if occurs.
Know the symptoms: You can make out whether you are dehydrated or not by checking simple symptoms like feeling of thirst, dry lips, extreme headache, dizziness, nausea etc. Best way to check for dehydration is color and frequency of urine. If the urine is dark in color or urination frequency is less than 3 times a day then it shows your body is dehydrated. As soon as you observe these symptoms you need to hydrate yourself first.
Maintaining water balance of the body is very necessary. If it is not balanced then dehydration may lead to electrolyte balance, kidney problem, urine infection, urine stones, heat related illnesses, and in severe cases shock and coma too. So it is better to prevent it.
Let’s have a look of simple tips to prevent dehydration:
- Hydrate yourself: First and the most important thing are to hydrate you frequently. Drink at least 2-3 liters of water daily. Drink water before you feel thirsty. Drinking 1 glass of water every hourly can fulfill your water requirements.
- Load on healthy fluids: Include healthy summer drinks like coconut water, fresh fruit juices without sugar, buttermilk in daily routine. This helps to balance fluid and vitamin mineral requirements.
- Include fruits: Fruits rich in vitamins and minerals and which has more water content helps. Include fruits like watermelons, citrus fruits like oranges, sweet lime etc. Cucumber also has good water content and available in summer season too.
- Limit salt intake: Excess consumption of salt may leads to more water loss. Avoid consuming extra salt and also salt containing foods like packaged foods, processed foods etc.
- Remind yourself: Make sure you drink water. Many a times we follow our diet so well but tend to forget water. So you can set some reminders or nowadays many apps are also available which tells you consume water in time. Carrying a water bottle and keeping it on your desk in front of you also helps.