Insufficient water intake in summer can lead to dehydration, a condition that can cause dizziness, thirst, fatigue and dry mouth and lips, experts say. This condition will also result in less urination per person and the color of the urine will change.
But why is this so? Before understanding this, let’s first learn all about dehydration and its causes.
What is dehydration?
According to Cleveland Clinic.orgDehydration is the lack of sufficient water in the body. Even the loss of a small amount of water, as little as 1.5% of body water, can cause symptoms of dehydration.
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As our body tries to cool itself off through the natural process of sweating, this can lead to dehydration, especially in summer. This makes the person drink more water. Other causes include diarrhea, vomiting, certain medications, diuretics, frequent urination and fever, says Dr. Anuja Lakra., Consultant – Internal Medicine, HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Dwarka.
Signs and symptoms
Dehydration forces people to start over feeling of thirst, dry mouth, dry lips, and they also start to feel more tired and sometimes dizzy, shared Dr. Lacra. A person can vomit, accompanied by loose stools, and even sweat excessively, which can lead to low water content in the body, said Dr. Vikrant Shah, consultant physician, resuscitator and infectious disease specialist at Zen Chembur General Hospital.
How does urine color help detect dehydration?
Dr. Lakra suggested first noting how often they go to the toilet to urinate. “Usually, if a person walks seven to eight times, in case of dehydration, he only walks two to three times. In addition, their urine will appear more yellowish, more concentrated, and have an unpleasant or strong odor. Basically, concentrated urine or dark yellow urine indicates dehydration,” she said.
Dr. ChandraVir Singh, Consultant otorhinolaryngologist, A head and neck oncologist at Wockhardt Hospitals Mira Road added that dark yellow urine is a warning sign and “you need to drink more fluids to prevent dehydration.”
The color of urine should be pale yellow or crystal clear, indicating adequate fluid intake.
What to do to prevent dehydration?
To avoid dehydration, in addition to regular fluid intake, cut back on salty foods, avoid heavy or strenuous exercise, and seek immediate medical attention if you are vomiting or have diarrhea, said Dr. Tribhuvan Gulati, an expert in diabetes, thyroid, and metabolic disorders. . Apollo Spectra Hospital, Delhi. “Also, try to limit your intake of alcohol, coffee, sodas and cola as they cause dehydration. Try not to go out during peak hours,” Dr. Gulati said.
Dr. Lakra recommended drinking various liquids in the form of ordinary water, coconut water, juices, selective water, glucose water. “In addition, buttermilk and fruits with a high water content, such as cantaloupe and watermelon, should be consumed to stay hydrated,” she said.
Here are some of the benefits of drinking water suggested Dr. Ajay Agarwal, Director of Internal Medicine at Fortis Hospital, Noida.
*Water helps your muscles work better.
* Water can help improve brain function and mood.
* Water can help prevent and cure headaches.
* Drinking more water can help prevent constipation.
* Drinking water helps to remove toxins from the kidneys.
* Water can help your skin look good.
*Water helps prevent hangovers.
*Water helps regulate core body temperature.
* Drinking water fights bad breath.
*Water helps lubrication and softens the joints.
*Water helps the body eliminate waste products through urine and sweat.
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