Dehydration Treatment Specialist in Mesquite, TX
Dehydration occurs when your body losses more fluids than it takes in, resulting in an imbalance of electrolytes and impairing the normal functioning of your body. It can be caused by various factors including, excessive sweating, inadequate fluid intake, diarrhea, vomiting, or certain medical conditions. For more information contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5115 N Galloway Ave #203 Mesquite TX 75150.
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Any level of dehydration can start to make us feel off as sufficient fluid levels in our bodies are vital for maintaining proper functioning. We are all familiar with the recommendation of drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to stay hydrated, but many people find that hard to achieve or just simply don’t love drinking that much water. If you fall into this category, there are many other beverages and foods that you can consume throughout the day to ensure that you stay sufficiently hydrated, but figuring out a way to also integrate just drinking more water will always be the most effective means of avoiding dehydration.
It is very easy and much more common than expected to become at least minorly dehydrated, but there are several physical indicators to look out for that will let you know that you are likely to be suffering from varying degrees of dehydration.
One of the easiest ways to check your hydration levels is by assessing your urine for color and smell, as the darker and stronger smelling the urine, the more dehydrated you are. The goal should be to have very pale and non-scented urine. Consuming enough water will also be indicated by the frequency of urination, around 6 to 7 times per day if you are sufficiently hydrated. Other physical indicators that you may be dehydrated include feeling thirsty, light-headed, dizzy, or fatigued, increased dryness of the mouth, lips, and tongue, and the appearance of sunken eyes.
While it is always recommended to ensure that you are drinking plenty of water, especially if you notice halfway through the day that you haven’t had enough water yet, there are other ways that are more effective in replenishing the fluids in your body to stop the symptoms of dehydration quickly. Sports drinks are one of the best ways to ensure that your body is getting the minerals and electrolytes that it needs in order to remain sufficiently hydrated, as well as other oral hydration methods such as tablets or powders that you can mix into water to do the same job as a sports drink. Low-fat and skim milk are also great natural sources of electrolytes if you are dehydrated after an intense workout or exercise as it is also packed with healthy proteins that will kick-start your body’s natural recovery process.
The best way to prevent dehydration is to ensure that you are able to consume plenty of fluids throughout the day. One tip to ensure that you are able to drink enough water steadily throughout the day is to take a convenient water bottle with you to have access to water while working, at school, or during any other activities you may be doing.
Having a water bottle with you will also help with drinking water before you feel thirsty; you should not wait until you are thirsty to drink as that is an indication that you are already a bit dehydrated. If you are prone to mild dehydration, it may be beneficial to incorporate some snacks throughout the day as well that contain more water in them, such as various fruits and vegetables.
To avoid dehydration while exercising, prepare beforehand by making sure that you have beverages that contain more electrolytes on hand to consume as soon as the exercise is complete, and try to drink more water leading up to the exercise. Many people do not enjoy just drinking water, but there are many other beverages or foods that contain fluids that you can turn to in order to ensure that you are staying hydrated, such as tea or coffee, as well as seltzer or flavored water, or your favorite fruits and vegetables.
In cases of mild to moderate dehydration, the body can be fully rehydrated within a few hours after consuming a significant quantity of water. In instances of more severe dehydration, it could take multiple days before all of the symptoms are alleviated entirely and the levels of fluids within the body have returned to normal. Once plenty of fluids have been consumed, most people will feel much better fairly quickly as their body becomes rehydrated. For more information contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5115 N Galloway Ave #203 Mesquite TX 75150. We serve patients from Mesquite TX, Garland TX, Dallas TX, Rowlett TX, Balch Springs TX, and Plano TX.