How to Avoid Dehydration

Last Updated Jul 29, 2020

Our body needs fresh water every day. It helps maintain essential bodily functions such as digestion, and regulating our blood pressure and body temperature. If we don’t drink water regularly our body becomes dehydrated and our health suffers.

Our Bodies Can’t Store Water

Adults lose between 2.5-3 litres of water every day through breathing, perspiring, urinating, defecating and sneezing. Athletes and other people who are physically active may lose more. To avoid dehydration we must replace the lost water. Babies and the elderly are more susceptible for dehydration.

Signs of Dehydration

Thirst and a dry mouth are the two most common signs of dehydration. But they’re not the first. By the time you’re aware that you’re thirsty your body is already dehydrated. Many people mistake the signs of dehydration for other things such as hunger or tiredness. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Flushed skin
  • Fatigue
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased pulse
  • Increased respiration (rapid breathing)
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed
  • Headache
  • Thirst
  • Dry mouth or lips
  • Dark-coloured urine

Water Best Way Avoid Dehydration

To avoid dehydration you must replenish your body’s water supply regularly. Most of us need around eight glasses of water each day but some people may need more. The size of the glass isn’t as important as ensuring you drink regularly throughout the day – about every hour. A good way to remember to drink enough water is to have an alkaline water system at home. They’re easy to install to your kitchen tap or as a stand-alone system. They’ll ensure you won’t be taking in any nasty chemicals from contaminated water and that you get plenty of refreshing, pure water.

Other Ways to Avoid Dehydration

Besides drinking lots of fresh water, you can avoid dehydration by:

  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine
  • Wearing light clothing made from natural fibres on hot days
  • Eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content such watermelon, celery and cucumber

Benefits of Hydration

Once you increase your water intake you’ll be amazed at how well you feel. You may notice you:

  • Have more energy
  • Are more alert
  • Sleep better
  • Have improved digestion
  • Have improved skin

Dehydration can happen before we realise. To avoid dehydration, drink regularly throughout the day. You’ll be amazed how much better you’ll feel.

Originally published on May 17, 2011

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