Ways to Prevent Dehydration


Nature’s free gift, water, has loads of benefits to offer. It is one of the most important nutrients required for the smooth and healthy functioning of the body. To understand the importance of water, let’s look at what happens when one’s body is dehydrated.

Dehydration leads to various problems like dryness of skin, mouth, and tongue; muscle cramps; fatigue; headaches; constipation; heat strokes; and various other problems, highlighting the importance of keeping oneself properly hydrated. Given below are some effective ways of preventing dehydration.

As mentioned above, preventing dehydration is one of the critical steps for leading a healthy life. However, there are certain conditions and causes that can lead to dehydration. These include problems like diarrhea and vomiting which involve loss of fluids from the body and also excessive sweating. These conditions need to be treated to prevent excess water loss from the body. Usually, ORS is recommended during conditions of diarrhea to make up for the body’s lost water and salts content.

Here are some natural ways by which the problem of dehydration can be prevented. The most basic step involves increasing intake of water and fluids. It is generally recommended that one has a minimum of 8 glasses of water everyday.

Many people find it difficult to consume plain water and this problem is especially seen with children. You can include squashes, fresh juices and soups to make up for the fluid intake. However, do not consume carbonated and frizzy drinks. Also avoid intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks as that further dehydrates the body.

Along with taking adequate intake of fluids, you need to prevent excessive sweating. This can be prevented by avoiding excessive exposure to sun as that not only leads to sweating, but also increases risk of heat strokes. Thus, try to stay in cool, shady places and wear light colored clothes to prevent excessive sweating. Following these simple tips can come handy in the prevention of dehydration and its related problems.

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