Dehydration Disaster Prevention – Tips and Tricks to Staying Hydrated All Year Long
July 11, 2012
Summer is here, and while we all enjoy some fun in the sun and outdoor activities, we must take the right steps to ensure that we are able to enjoy ourselves without getting hurt. Did you know that dehydration affects a large amount of Americans not only in the summer months but year round? Roughly 75% of our body mass is made of water, and when our water supply depletes, our energy and overall state of health decreases rapidly. Dehydration occurs when your body is losing more water than it is taking in, which means that the less water you drink, the less your body can restore itself and will become weak.
How Can I Tell If I Am Dehydrated?
There are many signs and symptoms that point to possible dehydration and while some are more severe than others, each should be taken seriously. They are as follows:
Dry mouth: While this seems pretty self explanatory, a dry mouth and an obviously need to quench thirst is a sign that your body needs some attention from good ole H20. I always say that if you start to feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Drinking at least eight 8 ounces glasses of waters per day will help prevent this thirst. If the inside of your mouth around your jaw begins creating foam, drink at least 16 ounces of water immediately.
What you have been drinking: If you have had a large amount of caffeine or alcohol you must learn to follow up with water; the caffeine and the alcohol serve as dehydrators and will natural rid your body of the water it needs to thrive. Try cutting your consumption of soda and coffee if you drink enough to affect your body in this way.
Flu-like symptoms: Vomiting and diarrhea can be signs of severe dehydration. If this occurs, go see a doctor right away!
Finger nails: Push lightly on your fingernail and watch the color turn to white, release your “pinch” from your finger and see how long it takes to return back to flesh toned. If your nail bed stays white and takes an elongated period of time to return to the original color then chances are you are dehydrated and need to drink so fluids as soon as possible.
Dry lips, skin, hair etc: Anything that is connected to your body is connected to your total body health. If you are experiencing dry lips, brittle hair and itchy skin this could be a sign that your body is not producing any moisture for your skin and hair thus making everything seem so dry. Fix the issue by finding good moisturizers and taking in natural moisture through at least 64 ounces of water every day!
Dehydration is 100% preventable if you make sure that you are always staying constant with your fluid intake. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water everyday will help prevent these symptoms from occurring and will help your body stay constantly rejuvenated. If you are a slow sipper or need to visualize the water you need to drink, I suggest purchasing a bpa-free water bottle big enough to hold the recommended daily amount of water. Fill the bottle up every morning and make it a goal to drink all of the water by the end of the day – This will not only flush your body of toxins and keep you hydrated, it will also promote a green approach to drinking water and staying hydrated.