Health Care and Dehydration

Your Best Health Care: Health Care and Dehydration

Health Care and Dehydration

When your
body doesn’t have enough fluid to maintain its equilibrium to sustain itself,
you may be suffering from dehydration. According to osteopathic physician, Dr.
Joseph Mercola, your body requires water to work well. In fact, up to 60
percent of your entire body is made of water, 83 percent of your lungs is water
and 73 percent of your brain and heart are composed of water. Water is very
important to your ability to function, think, breathe and live. More
information is found at this website: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/14/urine-dehydration.aspx#_edn1
Summertime means outdoor activities,
prolonged exposure to the sun, and excessive sweating—all of which can lead to
dehydration, according to Medicine in Motion. Although dehydration can happen
any time of the year, the summer months are of particular concern because of
the higher temperatures.
When a person has lost more than two percent of their
body weight during activity, they are considered to be dehydrated.
Fluid
concentration does not have to experience a major change before dehydration can
occur. Dehydration is mostly caused by fever, serious sweating (after an
intense workout, especially in summers), and diarrhea. Dehydration can occur in
any age group, but it is most common in young children and older adults. The
signs and symptoms of dehydration can be mild or severe. The good news is that
your body will notify you if you are getting dehydrated. More details are available
at this website: http://fatalsymptoms.com/10-symptoms-of-dehydration/?gclid=CL621JfU3swCFZCIaQod4NEBbg
.
According
to the Mayo Clinic,
mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause the
following symptoms:
·        
Dry, sticky
mouth
·        
Sleepiness or
tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
·        
Thirst
·        
Decreased urine
output
·        
No wet diapers
for three hours for infants
·        
Few or no tears
when crying
·        
Dry skin
·        
Headache
·        
Constipation
·        
Dizziness or
lightheadedness
The Mayo Clinic also reports that severe dehydration, a
medical emergency, can cause these symptoms:
·        
Extreme thirst
·        
Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants
and children; irritability and confusion in adults
·        
Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
·        
Little or no urination — any urine that is
produced will be darker than normal
·        
Sunken eyes
·        
Shriveled and dry skin that lacks
elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
·        
In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft
spots on the top of a baby’s head
·        
Low blood pressure
·        
Rapid heartbeat
·        
Rapid breathing
·        
No tears when crying
·        
In the most serious cases, delirium or
unconsciousness
Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a
reliable gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children and older
adults. A better indicator is the color of your urine: Clear or light-colored
urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually
signals dehydration. More details about this health care issue are located at this
site: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/con-20030056
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According to the New York Times, there are
some ways to help prevent dehydration:
·        
Drink plenty of fluids every day, even when you are well.
Drink more when the weather is hot or you are exercising.
·        
If anyone in your family is ill, pay attention to how
much they are able to drink. Pay close attention to children and older adults.
·        
Anyone with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should drink
plenty of fluids. DO NOT wait for signs of dehydration.
·        
If you think you or someone in your family may become
dehydrated, call your health care provider. Do this before the person becomes
dehydrated.
For more severe dehydration or heat emergency, you may
need to stay in a hospital and receive fluid through a vein (IV). Your health
care provider will also treat the cause of the dehydration. Dehydration caused
by a stomach virus should get better on its own after a few days. More
information is available at this website: http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/dehydration/overview.html
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According to Everyday Health, when it comes to total
water intake, which includes water gained from foods and other beverages like
tea and milk, the  Institute of Medicine recommends
that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day (or about 12 cups), and
most men get about 3.7 liters a day (or about 15 cups). Much more detailed
information is available at this site: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/unusual-signs-of-dehydration/
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According to Merck Manuals, seniors are more susceptible
to dehydration.  
In older people, common causes of
dehydration include the following:
·        
Confusion
·        
Disorders
that make obtaining fluids difficult (usually because of restricted mobility)
Additionally,
older people sense thirst more slowly and less intensely than younger people
do, so even those who are otherwise well may not drink enough fluids. Seniors
usually have a higher percentage of body fat. Because fat tissue contains less
water than lean tissue, the total amount of water in the body tends to decrease
with age. More detailed material is available at this website: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/hormonal-and-metabolic-disorders/water-balance/dehydration
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Should you be concerned about
dehydration during pregnancy? According to the American Pregnancy Association,
the answer is YES. Dehydration
is the result of your body losing water faster than you are taking it in. It is
a serious issue for the health and wellness of anyone, but for pregnant women,
it is especially important to stay well-hydrated.
Pregnant women need more water than the average person,
since water plays an important role in the healthy development of your baby.
Water helps to form the placenta, which is what a baby relies on to receive
nutrients during pregnancy. Water is also used to form the amniotic sac later
in pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to avoid dehydration during pregnancy.
More information on this topic is located at this site: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/dehydration-pregnancy/
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Dehydration can be prevented if common sense safety
precautions are observed. Don’t let yourself or someone you know lose too much
fluid without replacing it right away. Dehydration can happen quickly and
unexpectedly. It pays to know the symptoms and how to react when you suffer the
symptoms.

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