Are You Dehydrated?

Dehydration is the cause of more maladies than just feeling a bit light headed in the sun, and hydration is the route to many more benefits than you had probably realized. After all, water makes up 75 percent of the human body and is found “inside cells, within blood vessels, and between cells.” Headaches, anxiety, constipation, and tiredness can all be the result of dehydration and solved by drinking more water.

So, what really is dehydration?

What is Dehydration?

Basically, dehydration is when your body does not have enough water, when it is losing more fluids than it is taking in. So, if it is an irregularly hot day and you’re sweating rocks, but you’re drinking a regular amount of water, well then, you’re flying downhill with no brakes into dehydration station. The amount of water missing from your body decides just how mild or severe your dehydration is, whether you are saying “gee I could do with a glass of water” or “why haven’t I gone to the bathroom for four days?”

You can lose water throughout the day because of a series of normal reasons, like defecating, sweating, urinating, and crying. None of these activities at a regular level will really dehydrate you, particularly as you drink and eat throughout the day, but even low levels can cause headaches and dehydration and in excessive amounts, they can be dangerous.

As you can probably tell, the two important parts in causing dehydration are the amounts of fluids you lose and the water that you don’t drink. Causes of fluid loss are more extensive, but not taking on enough fluids can occur when you are busy and forget to drink or just don’t realize you’re thirsty — this is more common for older people. A common instance of dehydration is going out for the day without water and there being no facilities around to find water.

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What Causes Dehydration

Sweating

Sweating regulates body temperature by releasing water and is the primary way of getting rid of excess body heat. The average person has around 2.6 million sweat glands in their skin and whether you realize it or not, you are always sweating. The main causes of excessive sweating are hot temperature, physical exercise, and nerve stimulation, like anxiety, so it is important pay attention to how much you’re replenishing your fluid levels in the heat or after exercise.

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Diarrhea

This is the most dangerous cause of dehydration as it’s the most common cause of dehydration related deaths. Diarrhea prevents the large intestine from absorbing water from food matter, so instead it is excreted out.

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