Health Tips - Dehydration Solved
Dehydration occurs when your body gets rid of more water, potassium and sodium than you replace. Your body “dries out”.
Four Causes of Dehydration are:
- Fluid loss such as with hot weather, exercise, saunas, crying, diarrhea, vomiting, fevers, burns, excessive perspiration, increased urination and menstrual periods.
- Most drugs of any type dehydrate.
- Alcohol, coffee and soda dehydrate.
- Not drinking enough water dehydrates.
Before any extreme fluid loss such as before a race, it is crucial that medications such as aspirin and Ibuprofen not be taken as the combination can lead to emergencies from severe dehydration. Caffeine and alcohol should also be avoided.
Sports drinks that contain high fructose corn syrup, other synthetic sugars and dyes should be avoided.
Natural Means of Rehydrating Include:
- Freshly opened coconut water has a perfect ratio of minerals and water. Containers of this in the store have lost some of their benefit through pasteurization.
- Water taken with supplementation of potassium, a smaller amount of sea salt plus some calcium and magnesium.
- Peeled and heavily salted cucumbers drenched in fresh lemon juice give you a dose of potassium and sodium. Drink a bottle of water as well.
- Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables have water and minerals.
- Try our “icy hydration drink.”
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Keep it fluid!