For well over a decade now, my day normally starts with my herbal teas, as mentioned in my popular post “Tea Tea All The Way” Apart from taking between four to five cups of different teas throughout the day, water is also one friend I cannot do without. Without these two, I can expect to feel; restlessness, irritability, fatigue, lack of coordination and of course, dehydration. It’s so interesting that the moment I start drinking, my body recognizes and adjusts almost instantaneously.
Though we have been able to establish that water, tea and other fluids are major ingredients in our journey to weight loss, worth mentioning is that apart from dehydration, lack of sufficient fluid in our body could also trigger some preventable diseases, which means that severe dehydration goes beyond a thirst that can be quenched with just drinking water at that time. In this case, your body has been living with insufficient water for many years, deficient in certain minerals and now filled with toxins.
Common Signs And Symptoms Of Dehydration
• Increased thirst
• Lethargy (extreme fatigue)
• Dizziness, particularly upon standing due to low blood pressure
• A hydrated body produces clear, colorless urine.
• A somewhat dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
• A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark-colored urine.
• Sticky or dry mouth
• Loss of skin elasticity, Saggy, flaky, sensitive and dull skin
• Bad breath
• Food Cravings, especially for sweet
Diseases That Could Be Linked To Dehydration
The brain is 80% water. When you become dehydrated your brain tissue loses water causing the brain to shrink and pull away from the skull. When you don’t have enough water or fluid in your body it can cause headaches. To prevent bloating and discomfort with a stomach full of water, go for small amounts frequently, say a glass every 15-20 minutes, until the headache subsides. (If the pain becomes unbearable, you can take a painkiller to give temporary relief, but make sure you continue hydrating thereafter to treat the cause)
Recognizing and preventing dehydration are essential for preventing Migraines
The muscles in your back can become stiff and sore when you aren’t hydrated enough, and stiff muscles can lead to painful experience
Our body weight is made up of a large volume of water. Chronic inflammation and dehydration can alter one’s metabolism and promote weight gain, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. If you are diabetic, remember to always keep yourself hydrated to make up for the increased urine output.
Increased Urination (due to infection)
Prolonged dehydration can cause kidney stones and even kidney failure
Acute diarrhea — that is, diarrhea that comes on suddenly and violently — can cause a tremendous loss of water and electrolytes in a short amount of time
Fever and Chills
If your body is severely dehydrated you may experience symptoms like feverand chills
How To Reverse Dehydration
• Drink water and clear liquids in small amounts.
•Green tea and other herbal teas are powerful in helping you to fight dehydration.
• When you’re dehydrated, avoid caffeine and alcohol
• Eat foods with high water content: Fruit and vegetable juices are rich in restoring potassium and minerals that have vanished with dehydration. Eat Water Fruits like: Bananas, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruits and other freshly extracted juices. Examples of Watery vegetables are cucumbers, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, carrots.
•Seek medical assistance if you do not improve: You can also try this short but effective Recipe: 1 teaspoon lime juice, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon sugar to a pint of water. Sip the beverage throughout the day to cure mild dehydration
Opt for room temperature or cooler water, never ice cold water. When it comes to fluids, steer clear of extreme temperatures. When ice water comes into the stomach it constricts the arteries surrounding the stomach, which help the stomach function properly and help with water absorption, explains Higgins. “Ice water will just sit in your stomach until it warms up. If you hear water swishing around in your stomach, it means the water is not getting absorbed,” says Higgins. Fluids that are cooler or room temperature are better options.
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