Written by nutritionalist, Jayne Hopper. She sees clients from all over Brighton and Hove at our chiropractic clinic.
Now that the weather is warming, it is even more important to keep yourself hydrated. The body is made up of approximately 70% water, therefore keeping your fluids topped up will help to keep the body functioning at its optimum level. When the normal water content of the body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in the body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins and keeps the skin healthy. Drinking 1.5 to 2 litres a day is essential to avoid dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than it takes in.
Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include:
Feeling thirsty and lightheaded.
Having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine.
Passing urine less often than usual (less than three or four times a day).
Dizziness or light-headedness.
Dry mouth, lips and eyes.
Dehydration can also lead to a loss of strength and stamina which are the main symptoms of heat exhaustion, therefore extra care needs to be taken to remember to drink fluids in hot weather.
If dehydration becomes chronic it can also lead to:
Liver, joint and muscle damage
Kidney problems or Kidney stones
Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain groups are particularly at risk, these include:
Babies and infants – they have a low body weight and are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss.
Senior Citizens – they may be less aware that they are becoming dehydrated and need to keep drinking fluids.
People with a long-term health condition – such as diabetes.
Athletes – they lose a large amount of body fluid through sweat.
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