Understanding Dehydration

Water makes up over 60% of the human body, it’s important for lubricating the joints and eyes, aiding in digestion, flushing out toxins and nourishing your skin. Dehydration occurs because there is too much water lost, not enough water taken in, or most commonly, a combination of the two,” says Clinical Professor, Dr. Ben Wedro. Once the water in your body is reduced, an imbalance between the minerals in your body like salts and sugar can affect the way your body functions.

 

Causes of Dehydration

  • Not drinking enough fluid
  • Losing fluids like:
    • Sweat
    • Tears
    • Vomiting
  • Excessive urination or diarrhea

Signs of Dehydration

  • Thirst
  • Light headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Dry mouth, eyes, and lips
  • Dark, concentrated urine

 

According to The National Health Service, you can prevent dehydration by drinking a lot of fluids water is the best option, but diluted fruit juices, and skimmed milk can help too. If you are active, sick or if the weather is hot, increase your fluid intake even more. When you nourish your body with water, you are restoring your body to a healthy balanced and whole state.