It’s all fun and games until you forget to stay hydrated.

Dehydration is real and easily prevented when we take caution and consideration to stay hydrated.

What Causes Dehydration?

Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have as much water as it needs. When the body goes without enough water, it can’t function properly.

Everyone loses water from their body everyday. But what really matters is the actual loss of fluid from your body. It determines just how dehydrated you actually are and what you need to do to get re-hydrated.

Signs and symptoms look like:

  • Dry mouth
  • Not peeing very much
  • Headache
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Sunken eyes
  • Lack of energy
  • Rapid breathing

When your body becomes excessively dehydrated it is due to not only the loss of water, but also electrolytes, which are essential minerals in your blood and body fluids.

We hate to say it, but there is only one way to treat dehydration and this to replace the fluids and electrolytes your body has lost.

Here’s a few at-home remedies you can do to be proactive with dehydration

  1. Drink
  2. Sip on Sports drinks and coconut water
  3. Eat Fruit
  4. Weigh yourself
  5. Check for discolored urine
  6. Drink when you feel like you don’t have to
  7. Pinch yourself – check your skin
  8. Try to stay away from getting dry mouth
  9. Stop if you get dizzy
  10. Listen to your muscles

If dehydration becomes severe, you will most likely need to see a doctor and be treated with intravenous (IV) fluids and be admitted to the hospital.

Still trying to fight dehydrations at home?

Try drinking a rehydration drink, water, juice, or sports drink. Drink 2 quarts of cool liquids over the next 2-4 hours.

Drink at least 10 glasses of liquids a day to replace lost fluids. You can refer to our article on “Why You Should Drink More Water” here, for more great tips and benefits that come with staying hydrated and drinking water.

Stay hydrated this summer and drink water!

Call MedHealth Urgent Care today, (334)229-9955.


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