Given the heatwave that’s sweeping over the world, it might not be too surprising that this summer has seen more cases of collapses, nausea, and headaches than usual.
While it’s not the only factor, dehydration is likely to play a role. Here, we’re going to look at why it’s important to take it seriously, especially in this heat, and what you can do to combat it.
The causes of dehydration
Most people are familiar enough with the concept of dehydration to know that it happens when the body doesn’t get enough water. However, there are causes that can speed it up to be aware of, as well.
The sun heats up the body, causing us to lose water through sweat. Alcohol and caffeine both act as diuretics, so we’re likely to lose fluids that way, too. If you’re working out, you should take care to replace the fluids you sweat out, too.
The impact of dehydration
The risks of being dehydrated aren’t something to take lightly. The symptoms can range from painful to seriously dangerous. Chronic dehydration can cause fainting, aging of the skin, a fast, weak pulse, and so on.
If not managed, however, it can lead to kidney problems, hypertension, urinary tract infections, and much more. Serious dehydration can be a potentially fatal risk, so it’s important to take it seriously.
Symptoms you should look for
If you’re feeling thirsty and overheated, then taking a drink of water should be the first course of action. However, you should also note the signs of severe dehydration that should prompt you to take action as soon as possible.
If you’re finding it hard to urinate, have very dark urine, have dry skin, are feeling dizzy or lightheaded, or even getting chills, it’s a sign of serious dehydration. Resting, getting out of the sun, and rehydrating should be your number one priority.
How to top up quickly when you need it
If you are experiencing dehydration, then drinking water is the common solution. Naturally, you should avoid things that make you sweat too much, so staying in cool areas and resting is recommended, too.
However, there are other ways to quickly shake off the other symptoms of dehydration, such as IV vitamin therapy. Saline shots can help rehydrate the body, while at the same time providing the vitamins that can help give it a boost of energy and reduce the pain of some of the symptoms.
Live a more hydrated life
You will likely agree that it’s much more pleasant to avoid dehydration rather than to try and solve it. Keeping a bottle of water on you when you’re outside, protecting your skin against the sun, and eating hydrating foods when the weather is particularly hot can all help. Be aware that when you’re sweating or urinating, you need to replace those fluids, too.
Dehydration can be very dangerous indeed and drinking a lot of water alone might not be the best way to protect yourself from it. Know the risks, especially if you exercise, and take the necessary precautions.