Side Effects Of Dehydration
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Side Effects Of Dehydration

In a recent article I wrote about my personal experience of waking up with severe headaches, and accidentally finding the cure in drinking lots of water first thing in the morning. This was not a fluke as I first thought, but actually one of the common side effects of overnight dehydration.

This is not surprising, considering what we all have heard, namely that 65% to 75% of your body is made up of water. That is why it is so important to stay hydrated. Your body needs to continually take on water, and a lot of it, to function properly. This affects not just your physical health, but your mental health as well.

Common Symptoms of Dehydration

Unnaturally dry skin, few tears when you cry, fever, muscle cramps, you are tired all the time, bags under your eyes, HEADACHES (my problem), dizziness, rapid breathing or heartbeat, dry and sticky mouth, you are thirsty all the time.

Those are some common signs of mild to severe dehydration in teens and adults. Dangerous cholesterol levels, liver and joint damage, weak muscles, kidney stones and constipation are just a few of the health conditions dehydration can cause.

Problems can arise quickly when you don't supply your body with the water it needs to function properly. Any lost liquids in your body should be replaced immediately. This means drinking a lot of water while you exercise, or any time you exert yourself physically.

Causes of Dehydration

Some causes of dehydration make a lot of sense, like intense physical activity. You sweat out a lot of the water in your body, and if you do not replace that liquid, you can become dehydrated. Here are a few more reasons your body may not be properly hydrated.

Diabetes

Diarrhea

Vomiting

Alcohol poisoning

Food-borne illnesses

Frequent urination

Side effects of medicine

You don't drink enough water

When you have diarrhea, your body does not properly absorb water from the foods you eat. This is the most common cause of dehydration. Blood pressure medications and antihistamines can also create a lack of hydration in some people.

How to Stay Properly Hydrated

You may drink plenty of water each and every day, and still find yourself with several of the dehydration symptoms mentioned above. This could be a case of adrenal fatigue. If you drink plenty of water throughout the day and are still thirsty, with cravings for salt and sugar, you may want to have an adrenal checkup.

Drink Lots of Water

Most of the time, you simply need to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can be a life-threatening condition. Most of the time you can combat this potential health problem simply by drinking water frequently throughout the day.

This may mean carrying bottled water with you as you move through your daily routine. Sports drinks, energy drinks and sodas do not count.

Conclusion

Water is so important to normal bodily functions. From head to toe, inside and out, and even mentally, your body benefits from a healthy supply of water. Excess water will simply be passed through your system, so make sure you are drinking plenty of this natural but essential health drink.


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Water is so important! It is a struggle to make sure to drink enough water at times. Thanks for sharing the side effects of dehydration.

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Thank you Cynthia for your usual insightful comment... did you see my question about uploading images in Street Articles in my article about paleo and caffeine?

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