At least half of the adult human body is made up of water. This fluid is in every cell, between the cells, and inside the blood. Not having enough body water leads to dehydration. In older adults, dehydration is one of the most common reasons for going to the hospital. According to this study, adults who have a hip or knee joint replacement are especially at risk for dehydration. So are adults with a hip fracture. Most patients in this study showed positive test results for dehydration. Notably, they also required twice as long to recover before going home. Even before a health problem occurs, older adults are at risk of dehydration. This is because the body's ability to detect thirst reduces with age. Living alone and depression add to this problem. Diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure, or bladder infections also play a role in dehydration. Taking diuretics (water pills) for high blood pressure can get rid of too much fluid. This puts the heart patient at risk of dehydration. Dehyd...
The human body is 65% water. Simply put, dehydration occurs as the result of excessive loss of water from the body — when we lose more water than we take in. It's a bit more complicated than that since the body loses valuable electrolytes as well. That's why sports drinks have become so popular; they replenish electrolytes as well as just fluid. Dehydration can be a major issue, both in and of itself and as a Migraine or headache trigger. Many people mistakenly think dehydration occurs only in hot weather, and that you're not dehydrated if you're not thirsty. Both of these misconceptions lead to many cases of dehydration every year, some of them quite serious. Let's take a look at dehydration, what it does to the body, how to treat it, and — perhaps most importantly — how to prevent it. Dehydration basics: It takes an average of 64 to 80 ounces to replace the water our bodies lose in 24 hours. Under normal circumstances, how much...
Summer heat got you feeling wilted? If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll feel even worse. Water is absolutely essential for your life and your body. Everything from the simple, small cells that protect you to the complex brain that controls you relies on water to operate. When you begin experiencing dehydration, an immediate alarm goes off in the brain and you’ll feel thirsty. Ignoring that signal from the brain will result in a series of disasterous symptoms from dehydration like:
Rapid Heart Rate
Preventing dehydration can be a challenging aspect of survival. Drinking water seems easy enough. But people often forget when busy or distracted, especially young people. And some people think that sodas, coffee drinks and energy drinks will suffice. Wrong, those drinks that contain caffeine just make dehydration worse because caffeine turns you...
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