What causes dehydration?

Excessive loss of water (liquids) from our body, or when there is not enough water intake to keep our body hydrated causes dehydration.

Hot, wet temperatures cause more sweating and increase fluids loss, and if we don’t replace those fluids our body will start to dehydrate. We return the water we lose when we drink liquids, and it helps a lot if we drink and eat high water-rich foods.

Our body will not be able to work correctly without water, if we lose more than the amount we need, we will be dehydrated, and our body functions will be at risk. Water is the oxygen in our body. It helps daily functions like digestion, waste elimination through urine and bowel movements, body temperature regulation, sends the glucose and fat to our muscles, and it is continually helping our cells renovate and move freely to provide our bodies with all it needs to work correctly.

We lose water on a daily basis.

    • Breathing

    • Sweating

    • Urinating

    • Defecating

And we need to replace the water we lose during these common body functions daily to stay hydrated.

Everybody can experience dehydration, from toddlers to elders. That is why parents and family members also play an important part in taking care of their loved ones to help prevent dehydration.

What causes dehydration?

    • Fever (Pyrexia). High body temperature will increase transpiration, body fluids loss and dehydration.

    • Low water-rich foods and drinks intake. Keeping a healthy diet with nutrient-rich food intake will also help keep your body hydrated and prevent dehydration.

    • Avoid salty and fat-saturated foods.

    • Excessive urination from medications used for diabetes or blood pressure can cause dehydration. Diuretics usually produce frequent urination. Always check with your doctor and be sure you have an excellent water-rich food intake to prevent dehydration in those cases.

    • Vomiting leads to a rapid loss of fluids, and makes it difficult to replace that water we have lost through drinking.

    • Diarrhea is the most common cause of dehydration because it does not allow the normal water absorption process from the food we eat.

        • A significant amount of water is lost very quickly with each bowel movement.

        • Uncontrolled diarrhea and excessive water loss can become life-threatening.

According to worldwide researchers, more than 3.5 children die each year due to dehydration caused by diarrhea.

Visit a specialist or a health facility as soon as you experience any of these inconveniences, to ensure a prompt recovery and proper hydration.

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