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Maintain Your Water in Your Body

Lack of hydration means your body does not have as much water and liquids as it ought to regularly have.

Lack of hydration could be mellow, direct, or serious in view of the amount of the body’s liquid is lost or not supplanted. When it is extreme, drying out is a condition of life-undermining emergency.Water is an essential component of the body, and sufficient hydration is an unquestionable requirement to permit the body to work. Up to 75% of the body’s weight is comprised of water. The greater part of the water is found inside the cells of the body. The rest is found in the extracellular space, which comprises of the veins and the spaces between cells.

# We lose water routinely when we :

— breathe and humidified air leaves the body

—  sweat to cool the body

— Urinate or have a bowel movement.

Normally, a person has to drink a substantial amount of water to replace this routine loss.

The formula for daily fluid requirements depends upon an individual’s weight.

# Causes

Dehydration occurs because water loss is greater than water intake, or most often a combination of the two.

— Diarrhea : diarrhea is the most common reason for a person as water outflows in excess quantity. A significant amount of water is lost with each bowel movement.

— Vomiting : vomiting is also a cause of fluid loss.

— Sweat : The body can lose significant amounts of water when it tries to cool itself by sweating during summers. Whether the body is hot because of the environment, intense exercising in a hot environment, or because of fever; the body uses water in the form of sweat to keep it cool.

— Diabetes : the elevated blood sugar levels cause sugar to spill into the urine and water then follows, which may cause substantial dehydration. For this reason, excessive urination and thirst are among the early symptoms of diabetes.

— Burns : The skin acts as a protective barrier for the body and is also responsible for regulating fluid loss. Burn victims become dehydrated because the damaged skin is unable to prevent fluid from seeping out of the body.

— Inability to drink fluids : The inability to drink adequately is the other possible cause of dehydration. Whether it is the lack of water availability, intense nausea with or without vomiting, or inability to drink, this, coupled with routine or extraordinary water losses can trigger dehydration.

Dehydration takes place when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in.

As the level of water loss increases, more symptoms can become prominent. The following are signs and symptoms of dehydration.

— Dry mouth;

— Eyes not making tears;

— Sweating may stop;

— Muscle cramps;

— Nausea and vomiting;

— Heart rate abnormalities;

— Lightheadedness, especially while standing;

— Weakness;

— Decreased urine output.

These are the symptoms that one may notice and ensure whether a person has become a victim of dehydration. Maintain the intake of required amount of water and fluids to avert the risk of dehydration.