By Flea - Be A Survivor
The weather this year has been warm in certain areas of the country where folks just aren’t used to that. I felt I should probably do a quick post on dehydration which can ruin your day very quickly if not addressed.
Put quite simple dehydration is losing more fluid and salts than you take in. As your body attempts to cool down using sweat, fluid is released and lost from your body. You need to replace that fluid by drinking on a regular basis or you will enter the early stages of dehydration.
You should drink whether you are thirsty or not when exerting yourself and sweating, by the time you “feel” thirst you are already in the beginning stages of dehydration.
Common causes of dehydration (not related to sweating and physical exertion) are:
Diarrhea (very serious in infants and young children).
Inadequate intake of fluids (you don’t even have to be physically active)
The symptoms of dehydration are:
Not urinating or urinating very dark fouls smelling urine (water dilutes urea)
Not sweating (VERY serious if you should be sweating)
If you are physically exerting yourself and you stop sweating you need to get to a doctor right away, you are most likely entering into heat stroke and you will die if you don’t get medical attention promptly. Not sweating means your body has shut down its last and best defense against over heating and no has NO WAY of cooling you going forward.
The best way to ensure this never happens to you is to not let it get out of hand in the first place. Drink plenty of water everyday to ensure your body is well hydrated. Learn to recognize when you are over doing it and immediately stop what you are doing, find a cools spot and drink some fluids to get your temperature regulated and your body rehydrated.
Pay attention to those around you as well and ensure they monitor the intake of their own fluids so you don’t end up have to play doctor in a very serious medical emergency. Lastly always keep an eye on children as they can easily forget to stay hydrated if you don’t remind them.
...that is all.
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