One of the most dangerous conditions for the body is dehydration - a process in which the body suffers from a decrease in the amount of water in it.
The condition can be very mild and unnoticeable at first glance, or it can be extremely severe and even life-threatening.
What to do for the different forms of dehydration and what to do to restore water loss?
Dehydration as an illness
For some illnesses – mostly gastrointestinal, dehydration is a major concomitant risk. It is especially dangerous for the youngest, where it occurs extremely quickly. Dehydration can occur in the presence of malaise and vomiting. The greater the frequency of bowel movements or vomiting, the faster dehydration occurs.
The main rule in these cases is to limit the symptoms of the disease in order to reduce dehydration. At the same time, fluid and salt deficits must be corrected to restore balance. There are a number of anti-vomiting and indigestion remedies available at the pharmacy - some of them are homeopathic and suitable for those who don't want to use strong preparations. Your GP will determine exactly which combination of agents is right for you.
At the same time, other proven home remedies for dealing with dehydration can be applied. Drinking slightly salted water has a calming effect, reduces the possibility of nausea and vomiting. It also supports hydration and restoring the balance of electrolytes in the body. Glucose or sweetened water helps to bring blood sugar back to normal, thus, in addition to hydrating the body, it also helps to deal with hypoglycemia. Take any liquids in small sips, ensure rest without movement and staying in a not too hot of an environment. But if you are unable to cope with the dehydration of illness on your own, it may be necessary to infuse special medical solutions with drips or, in very severe cases, a blood transfusion.
Prevention of dehydration
Other diseases or conditions are considered to carry a risk of dehydration. Such are some serious diseases such as diabetes mellitus, genetic diseases (cystic fibrosis), etc. However, dehydration can also occur if you do not drink enough fluids in the normal daily routine, if you sweat profusely, on particularly hot days.
To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids of all kinds, one of the most helpful being freshly squeezed juices. Don't overheat your body - find a way to cool down. Consume foods with high water content – cucumbers, watermelon, melons, tomatoes, oranges, peaches, etc.
Drink mint tea, basil, rosemary sweetened with honey and lemon. Herbs improve water absorption by the body, and lemon has an invigorating effect and is a great way to refresh on hot days. And above all, don't forget to drink a lot of water every day.