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 levels and mood; and aiding digestion and elimination. Be mindful of water intake, how- ever, as Dr. Lizaola-Mayo warns, “Drinking too much water or fluid can lead to hypona- tremia, which causes sodium in the cells to become diluted and too low and can be danger- ous – and even life threatening – if untreated.”
moist extremities; a rapid and feeble pulse (the radial pulse at the wrist may be undetectable); low or undetectable blood pressure; and periph- eral cyanosis. Death follows soon if rehydra- tion is not started quickly.”
Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. You may want to ask your physician if this product is a good idea for you or a loved one.
What Are Signs of Early or Mild Dehydration? The Rehydration Project non-profit organization says, “The degree of dehydration is graded according to signs and symptoms that reflect the amount of fluid lost. In the early stages of dehydration, there are
no signs or symptoms. Early features are dif- ficult to detect, but include dryness of mouth and thirst. As dehydration increases, signs and symptoms develop.” According to the organi- zation, symptoms of early or mild dehydration include the following: flushed face; extreme thirst; consuming more than normal or the inability to drink; dry, warm skin; the inability to pass urine or reduced amounts (dark, yel- low); dizziness made worse when standing; weakness; cramping in the arms and legs; crying with few or no tears; sleepiness or irrita- bleness; sickness; headaches; dry mouth or dry tongue with thick saliva.
No one is immune to a dehydrated condition, but certain populations are at greater risk. The Mayo Clinic indicates that these vulnerable groups include infants and children, older adults, those with chronic illnesses, and people who work or exercise outside. Serious com- plications can ensue, which they point out can include heat injury (ranging in severity from mild cramps to heat exhaustion or potentially life-threatening heatstroke); urinary tract infec- tions, kidney stones and even kidney failure; seizures due to electrolyte imbalance, some- times with a loss of consciousness; and low blood volume (hypovolemic) shock. They say it's time to call your doctor if you or a loved one, "Has had diarrhea for 24 hours or more; is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual; can't keep down fluids; and/or has bloody or black stool."
Can Sports Drinks Actually Undermine Hydration? Yes. According to Dr. Lizaola- Mayo, “In truth, only a very small amount of sugar is required to help transport electrolytes and water into the cells as part of the sodium glucose co-transport system. In fact, this sys- tem is most effective when it utilizes one mol- ecule of sugar and one molecule of sodium in combination, which helps create the fastest and most effective way to transport water
What Are Signs of Moderate to Severe Dehydration? The Rehydration Project also denotes that symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration include low blood pressure; faint- ing; severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back; convulsions; a bloated stomach; heart failure; sunken fontanelle –
The USDA recommends consumers shop smartly, advising us to, “Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose beverages at the grocery store. The food label and ingredients list con- tain information about added sugars, saturated fat, sodium, and calories to help you make bet- ter choices.” There are also highly efficacious and economical dehydration avoidance and treatment innovations that can be integrated into one’s lifestyle and used on a daily basis. The experts at SOS Hydration explain that their medically-formulated drink-mix powder accelerates hydration equivalent to an I.V. drip, rehydrating the body fully three-times faster than by drinking water alone. This unique product’s heightened hydration process lever- ages the body’s digestive “sodium/glucose co-transport system” – an Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) endorsed by the World Health
into the cells for hydration.” Too much sugar can throw the balance off and actually lead to dehydration.
soft spot on a infants head; sunken dry eyes with few or no tears; skin loses its firmness and looks wrinkled; lack of elasticity of the skin (when a bit of skin lifted up stays folded and takes a long time to go back to its normal position); rapid and deep breathing (faster than normal); and a fast, weak pulse. They say, "In severe dehydration, these effects become more pronounced and the patient may develop evi- dence of hypovolemic shock, including dimin- ished consciousness; lack of urine output; cool
So whether indoors or out, active or at rest, suffering illness, or perfectly healthy, one thing is clear: Keeping your water sources well at hand and ingesting with regularity (and consis- tency) can have a profoundly beneficial effect on your health and well-being. It’s one easy and highly accessible assist for a multitude of maladies.
Who is At Greatest Risk of Dehydration?
Can Foods Help You Stay Hydrated? Yes, the body intakes hydration not only from water and other liquids, but foodstuffs as well – some boasting as much 90 percent water content. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, those in the 90-100 percent water content range include fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries, and watermelon; as well as veg- etables like lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, and cooked squash. The organization further states that options with a 70 to 89 percent water content include fruits like bananas, grapes, oranges, pears, and pineapples; veg- etables such as carrots, cooked broccoli, and avocados; and dairy products like yogurt, cot- tage cheese, and ricotta cheese. For drinks, the good folks at EatRight.org advise we focus on unsweetened beverages, like water, in order to limit calories from added sugars, and to use strategies to increase water intake – like adding a flavor enhancer.
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