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Why Dehydration is Worse Than You Thought

By Genevieve Cunningham

In the thick of summer, we’re all warned about the dangers of dehydration. Drink more water. Stay in the shade. Get out of the heat. We’re given ample amounts of advice regarding the scary side effects of not getting enough water. But for all the other times of the year, this advice goes forgotten. The truth is that dehydration is a real threat to your health at all times of the year. Take a look at why dehydration is so dangerous, followed by some tips to keep you properly hydrated all year long.

The Dangers

Dehydration causes numerous negative side effects. In the early stages, it may cause dizziness or weakness. As the dehydration progresses, it can lower your blood pressure, cause a fast but weak pulse, initiate fainting spells, and bring on convulsions. In extreme cases, it can even cause heart failure and death. When you understand the severity of symptoms that dehydration can bring about, it’s no wonder that medical professionals ask for you to take it seriously.

The Symptoms

So how are you supposed to know if you’re becoming dehydrated? Some of the earliest signs of dehydration include extreme thirst, cracked lips or skin, and a flushed face. As it worsens, you may notice your muscles beginning to cramp and irritability setting in. It’s at the earliest stages that you need to seek out care. Most severe instances of dehydration can be prevented with some immediate care in the early stages of the ailment.

The Solutions

In order to prevent dehydration, it’s important to keep pumping your body with water. Drink from a water bottle all day long. If you’ve been in the sun or have been working out, it can also be beneficial to fuel your body with electrolytes, which are commonly found in sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade. It will also help to get out of the heat and cool your body down to prevent sweating, which just causes your body to lose more water. If you’re already past the initial stages of dehydration, a doctor’s care, a possible IV, and even hospitalization may be required.

Becoming dehydrated is a problem for your health and well-being. It’s not OK to allow your body to become depleted of water. Use these tips to recognize the signs of this serious ailment, and to protect yourself from the dangers that it can bring to your life.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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