Pay attention to the amount of liquids you consume daily. Not having enough liquids can have serious consequences for your body and even put your life at risk.
Mild, moderate, or serious; those are the levels of dehydration a person can end up suffering from, starting at the moment that water levels in the body drop by 3% or more.
It is therefore common to experience symptoms such as thirst, dry mouth or skin, changes in urine color, headaches, or even muscle cramps. In serious cases, symptoms can include rapid breathing, dizziness, confusion, and even lack of consciousness or delusions.
According to a report published by the United States National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus site, causes of dehydration vary, as there are multiple factors that can cause the body to lose a large amount of liquids. The most common ones are excessive sweating, sunstroke or fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Even uncontrolled diabetes or certain medications that cause excessive urination can also result in dehydration.
In cases of mild or moderate dehydration, sucking on ice cubes or drinking water or drinks containing electrolytes is recommended, and it is also recommended that one avoid taking mineral salt supplements since these can have an adverse effect.
Here are some of Medline’s recommendations for preventing dehydration:
- Drink lots of liquids on a daily basis, even when healthy. Drink more when the weather is dry or during physical activity.
- If a family member is sick, pay attention to the amount of liquid they drink, especially if they are a child or an elderly person.
- Anyone who has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should drink lots of liquids, without waiting for signs of dehydration to appear.
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