Are You Dehydrated?
Are you feeling dehydrated? If you don’t drink enough water, you may start to suffer from the symptoms of dehydration. You can get dehydrated a number of different ways:
• Extreme exercise
• Simply not drinking enough water
Some medications can cause you to get dehydrated via one of these different ways, as can being outdoors in the extreme heat, exercising for long periods of time, or doing exhausting work for hours without a break. But some people don’t realize that they are dehydrated because they tend to not drink enough water as it is. This means that they may never actually have as much fluid as they need to have.
If you’re dehydrated, you may have some of the following symptoms:
• Muscle cramps
• Feeling faint
• Being sluggish
• Feeling disoriented
Generally, if you become mildly dehydrated, your body can absorb fluid from your body’s tissue or from your blood, but if you become much more dehydrated, you may not be able to do so. In fact, if you become too dehydrated, your body can go into shock and you can even die.
Dehydration in Children
Children are actually more likely to become dehydrated because more of their bodies are actually made up of water—they don’t have as much bone in their bodies yet. They also have a higher metabolic rate than adults, so they use up more water. Their kidneys don’t work quite as well, either, plus they often do not drink when they feel sick. Because they are more likely to vomit and have diarrhea since their immune systems aren’t quite as well developed, they get sick more often.
Older adults are also more likely to become dehydrated. That’s because they aren’t as thirsty, plus some of their medications may make them urinate more frequently. They also tend to have physical issues or diseases that make it hard to get up, hold a glass to drink from, or have issues going to the bathroom. Some may have bladder issues and simply don’t drink as much so they don’t have to urinate as often.
You may also want to start taking an acai berry supplement. Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any diseases.