As we all know, dehydration can lead to many health complications. Some of them include kidney stones, constipation, and muscle problems. Dehydration mainly occurs during extreme heat conditions such as the summer. However, it can also occur in other kinds of weather. Although we do not often realize the negative effects of it, it is important to be aware of how badly it can affect one’s health and what you can do to prevent it. There are many ways in which you can easily stay hydrated in order to stay safe and healthy. Below are some examples.
Make Drinking Water a Habit
Once something is a habit, it is very difficult to get rid of it. Similarly, get yourself used to a good habit such as drinking plenty of water daily. For example, start your day with a glass of water and carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go. It is said that someone who weighs 140 lbs. must drink around 70 ounces of water per day. However, this amount may increase when your body is exposed to extreme heat. Water does not have any negative health effect, therefore it is something you can consume at any time.
Alternatives To Water
It can be difficult to force yourself to drink water even when you are not thirsty and in such an instance you may water to stick to other substitutes of water. Especially, when it comes to children, due to the lack of understanding of the effects of dehydration, they might not stick to drinking water the whole day. A great substitute for water is coconut water which not only helps you to stay cool and hydrated but also provides the body with electrolytes and carbohydrates. Apart from these, consider eating fruits such as watermelon and peaches which are a great way of staying hydrated and also helps you to get rid of thirst.
Signs of Dehydration
It is very important to be aware of the signs of dehydration in order to stay safe and healthy. Some of the common signs of dehydration include dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, nausea, and tiredness. If you are aware of these signs and symptoms, you can always reach out to someone. However, if you are by yourself when such symptoms occur, make sure to sit and take good rest in a cool place and drink water sip by sip.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
It is a known fact that caffeine and alcohol can easily cause dehydration. Therefore, it is always better to avoid them or have them in small quantities. Instead, stick to drinks such as fruit juices as it easily reverses the effects of dehydration. Caffeine causes a diuretic effect on the body which increases the need to urinate. Overall, both caffeine and alcohol prevents the body from stay hydrated and can result in negative health effects.
Therefore, being aware of the right ways to stay hydrated can easily help you overcome the negative effects of dehydration.