What is Dehydration:
Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Water is a critical element of the body, and adequate hydration is a must to allow the body to function. Up to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water. Most of the water is found within the cells of the body (intracellular space).
Water makes up over two thirds of the healthy human body. It is essential for lubricating the joints and eyes, aiding digestion, flushing out waste and toxins and keeping skin healthy. Dehydration occurs when the normal water content of your body is reduced, upsetting the delicate balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in your body fluid.
Causes of Dehydration:
Common causes of dehydration include intense diarrhea, vomiting, fever or excessive sweating. Not drinking enough water during hot weather or exercise also may cause dehydration. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.
Sign of Dehydration:
* Dry, sticky mouth
* Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
* Decreased urine output
* No wet diapers for three hours for infants
* Few or no tears when crying
* Dry skin
* Dizziness or lightheadedness
Remedies for Dehydration:
* Drink lots of water by adding some water or salt to it.
* Grate one raw papaya. Add 3 cups water, boil for 10 mins, strain and finish the water in one day.
* Drinking a cup of buttermilk mixed with half a teaspoon of dry ginger three to four times in a day is useful in dealing with Dehydration.
* Avoid tea coffee completely.
* Sipping some pickle juice and then drinking water before going out in the sun is a common natural remedy for Dehydration prevention.
* Drink a mixture of 1 tsp mint juice, 1/2 tsp ginger juice, and 1 tsp honey.
* Prepare a mixture by adding 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp ginger juice, and 1/4 tsp pepper powder and drink it.
* Avoid cold drinks as they aggravates dehydration as they contain caffeine.
* Avoid fried foods.
* Stew 1 apple with 2 pinches of nutmeg powder and 1 tsp sugar. Give your child to eat it.
* Raw vegetable and fruit have high percentage of water. Include them in your regular diet to prevent future dehydration.