What Is Dehydration?
Dehydration is a physical ailment caused by not taking in enough fluids to outset the fluids released by the body. Symptoms include dry mouth, swollen tongue, sluggishness, disorientation, and weakness, along with other symptoms.
Often, mild dehydration occurs during hot weather and with increased physical activity without an increase in water intake. This article will give a brief overview of 7 home remedies that will help address the symptoms of dehydration.
7 Home Remedies For Dehydration
#1. Drink water:
Perhaps the most obvious way to address dehydration is to drink more water. The average adult should be drinking at least 10 glasses or about 2 liters of water daily. This will replenish the fluids lost each day, though this amount varies by the person and level of physical activity. If it is particularly hot or you are particularly active, this amount should be increased accordingly.
#2. Take a break from physical activity and rest:
The chance of becoming dehydrated increases when you are more physically active, so if you suspect you are dehydrated, stop lifting those weights and running on the treadmill and take some time to relax. Prop up your feet and watch some television, taking at least 24 hours to recover while drinking lots of fluids.
#3. Get to a cool place and out of direct sunlight:
Sitting in the sun and being hot increases the effects of dehydration. Your body then requires more fluids to cool itself down. So if you begin to feel dehydrated, find some shade and cool down.
Maybe consider heading into a nice cold movie theater for a flick, or lie down under that comfortable looking tree. Just find a way to minimize your exposure and let your body cool down, while, of course, drinking more fluids.
#4. Shed some layers:
If getting into a cool, air conditioned place just isn’t going to happen, consider taking off some extra layers. The point here is to avoid any form of sweating. Stop your body is losing more water and therefore exacerbating dehydration.
If possible, spray some cool water onto exposed skin, but avoid using excessively cold water. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, if the water is too cold it may increase your body temperature rather than decrease it.
#5. Drink fluids with high carbohydrate and electrolyte levels:
Drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, and other sports drinks high in electrolytes are helpful for treating dehydration. Juice and, of course, flavored water will also do the trick.
Sucking on a popsicle or ice chips are equally helpful and will do wonders in lowering the body temperature as well as replenishing those important fluids.
#6. Eat watery fruits and vegetables:
Bananas are especially potent as a way to replenish potassium, but watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumbers. Like juices, these will help restore not only fluids but vital vitamins and sugars that will help counter the fatigue common to dehydration.
#7. Increase your salt intake:
Sweating is a large contributing factor to mild dehydration, especially during times of high physical activity and increased heat. A little salt intake will help decrease sweating and allow the body to maintain more fluids.
Rather than downing a small pile of salt, eat salty snacks like crackers or pretzels. While this is helpful in decreasing loss of fluids, this remedy should be used carefully and not overdone.
Although dehydration is easily treatable, many people suffer from this ailment regularly. Take care of your body by drinking at least 10 glasses, or 2 liters, of water daily. Drink more if you are ill or if you spend a lot of time exercising, or live in a hot climate. This will significantly decrease the chances of suffering from dehydration.