Medically, dehydration implies when an individual has lost enough water from the body that it starts to lose its capacity to work normally. The body eventually starts to show side effects related to loss of fluid from the body.
What is Dehydration?
We lose water each day in the form of water vapour in the breath we breathe out, and water in our urine, sweat and stool. Apart from water, we as well, lose some amount of salts or electrolytes. Our body is constantly trying to maintain the balance between water loss (and salts or electrolytes) and water intake.
Doctors divide the lack of hydration into three phases:
Causes of Dehydration
Numerous conditions may cause continued loss of bodily fluids which can lead to dehydration, such as.
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
The signs and symptoms may vary depending upon the severity of dehydration. For mild to moderate cases of dehydration, the symptoms could be:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Sleepy and tired
- Low urine output
- Urine yellowish than typical
- Cerebral pain
- Dry skin
If not treated in time, the above mentioned symptoms can worsen and lead to severe dehydration, signs of which are:
- No urine output or serious decrease in urine output. The output appears to be concentrated and deep yellow or amber in colour
- Dizziness and inability to stand or walk normally
- BP drops rapidly when the person tries to stand after lying down
- Increased heart rate
- High Fever
- Confusion or Coma
Home Remedies for Dehydration
The simple and most effective solution to deal with dehydration issues is to drink enough water. However, there are other home helpers that can help you stay hydrated. Here we share some home remedies to deal with dehydration and its symptoms.
In case of mild dehydration, it is important to replace the lost salt from your body. Try taking electrolyte in the form of drinks such as ORS, Electral, etc.
Apply on your body or suck on it when you’re overheated. It will help your body cool down, thus reducing fluid evaporation from your body, which may lead to dehydration.
They not only add water back but also restore lost potassium and other essential electrolytes into your body. Though don’t entirely depend on sports drinks, such as Gatorade, as they have calories in them.
Amla, Tulsi, Pudina, Neem leaves and Coriander seeds have a cooling impact on the body, which reduces the water loss from the body.