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#3: Feeling Thirsty?

Updated: Mar 12, 2020





I’m not talking about being thirsty for that sexy looking man that you have been eyeing at for the past couple of weeks, but I’m talking about an actual thirst for water that your body really needs lol For #WomenWednesday, we are going to talk about Dehydration. Dehydration, may not be a big deal for some people, but being hydrated plays a vital role for your organs to work properly every single day. Dehydration can lead to serious problems such as heat exhaustion, heatstroke, kidney stones/kidney failure, seizures, and low blood volume shock. Plus, since it’s summertime, we have to make sure that we are drinking an appropriate amount of water and other fluids to keep our body sane and hydrated. Although it’s #WomenWednesday, dehydration applies to EVERYONE, including young and old.

 

DEHYDRATION

Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated.


SYMPTOMS

  • Extreme thirst

  • Less frequent urination

  • Dark-colored urine

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion


CAUSE

Sometimes dehydration occurs for simple reasons: You don't drink enough because you're sick or busy, or because you lack access to safe drinking water when you're traveling, hiking or camping.

Other major causes:

  • Diarrhea

  • vomiting

  • Fever

  • Fainting

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Excessive sweating

  • Increased urination


TREATMENT/PREVENTION

To prevent dehydration:

Drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables.

Example: Water and sports drink such as Gatorade, Body Armor, Vitamin Water, etc. As for Fruits & Vegetables: Watermelon, Strawberries, Cantaloupe, peaches, cucumber, lettuce, cauliflower, etc.


RESOURCE:

Mayo Clinic and Healthline


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