How to tackle Dehydration Problem Efficiently? Stay Hyderated

The human body needs water to function. Our body is made up of about 70% of water so you can understand the importance of water for the proper functioning of our body. That’s why it is recommended to drink at least 7-8 glasses of water every day. Dehydration can be a reason for many problems in our body. Enough water intake can prevent us from many diseases.

People (and animals) lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale, and as water in our sweat, urine, and stool. Along with the water, we also lose small amounts of salts or electrolytes. Our bodies are constantly readjusting the balance between water (and salts or electrolytes) losses with fluid intake. When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated.

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Water is a critical element of the body, and keeping the body adequately hydrated is a must to allow the body to function. Up to 60% of the body’s weight is made up of water. Most of the water is found within the cells of the body (intracellular space). The rest is found in the extracellular space, which consists of the blood vessels (intravascular space) and the spaces between cells (interstitial space).

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Our blood is also made from water. Water is also important for blood pressure patients. Newborn babies are about 78% water, a year-old baby is 65%, adult men are about 60% and adult women are about 55%. Your brain is made up of 73% water, and so is your heart. Your bones are 31% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% and your skin is 64%. A whopping 83% of water makes up your lungs.

Importance of water

  • Shock absorber for the brain
  • In pregnancy, it acts as a shock absorber for the fetus.
  • Keep your body away from overheating
  • It helps kidneys to excrete out the waste material through sweat via skin pores. This sweating is an important process of our body.
  • Aid digestion and get rid of waste.
  • Work your joints. Water lubricates them.
  • Make saliva (which you need to eat and digest the food).
  • Balance your body’s chemicals. Your brain needs it to create hormones and neurotransmitters.
  • Deliver oxygen all over your body.
  • Cushion your bones.
  • Regulate your body temperature and maintain homeostasis.

What is dehydration?

“Dehydration is a condition in which lack of water occurs in the body. The lack of water occurs when the body loses too many fluids”

Dehydration is a condition that can occur when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of individual cells and then out of the body than the amount of water that is taken in through drinking.

Medically, dehydration usually means a person has lost enough fluid so that the body begins to lose its ability to function normally and then begins to produce symptoms related to the fluid loss. Although infants and children are at the highest risk for dehydration, many adults and especially the elderly have significant risk factors.

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Stages of dehydration

Most doctors divide dehydration into the following three stages;-

  1. Mild
  2. Moderate
  3. Severe

Mild and often even moderate dehydration can be reversed or put back in balance by oral intake of fluids that contain electrolytes (or salts) that are lost during activity. If unrecognized and untreated, some instances of moderate and severe dehydration can lead to death

Symptoms of dehydration

The body’s initial responses to dehydration are thirst to increase water intake and decreased urine output to try to conserve water loss. The urine will become concentrated and more yellow in color. The signs and symptoms of dehydration also may differ by age.

As the level of water loss increases, more symptoms can become apparent. The following are further signs and symptoms of dehydration

Dehydration In infants or young children

  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • No tears when crying
  • No wet diapers for three hours
  • Sunken eyes & cheeks
  • Sunken soft spot on top of the skull
  • Listlessness or irritability

Dehydration In adults

  • Extreme thirst
  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

Causes of dehydration

Sometimes dehydration occurs for simple reasons: You don’t drink enough because you’re sick or busy, or because you lack access to safe drinking water when you’re traveling, hiking, or camping.

There are the following causes that are responsible for dehydration:

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Dehydration Due to Diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the prime reasons for dehydration. There are two types of diarrhea;-

  • Mild diarrhea
  • Severe diarrhea

In mild diarrhea, there is not much loss of body fluids. It can be treated with normal medications.

In severe diarrhea, there is a tremendous loss of water that occurs as the excessive amount of vomiting and dysentery.

Exposure to the sun for a prolonged time

It commonly occurs in laborers & other working people who have to expose to the sun for a prolonged time. Our body water vaporizes when exposed to the sun for a prolonged time in the form of sweat and saliva.

Dehydration During Fever

During fever, our homeostasis can not maintain. Homeostasis maintains our sweat and urine level. Thus it provides a heating or cooling effect in our body according to the weather.

In fever, the sweating pattern disturbs and the loss of water occurs.

Dehydration Due to Excessive sweating

You lose water when you sweat. If you do vigorous activity and don’t replace fluids as you go along, you can become dehydrated. Hot, humid weather increases the amount you sweat and the amount of fluid you lose.

Unstable urine pattern

There are some ailments such as;- urinary tract infection, kidney infection, and cellulitis. These all disturb the pattern of urination. The unstable urine pattern imbalanced the homeostasis of the body resulting in excessive loss of water occurs.

Certain medications

Certain medications, such as diuretics and some blood pressure medications, also can lead to dehydration, generally because they cause you to urinate more.

Complications and risk factors

 If dehydration is left untreated, it can be fatal. I am going to discuss possible complications and risk factors that can be the result of untreated dehydration;-


There are the following complications of dehydration;-

  • Kidney failure:-  Kidney failure is a common occurrence and often reversible if it is due to dehydration and is treated early. As dehydration progresses, the volume of fluid in the body decreases, and blood pressure may fall. This can decrease blood flow to vital organs including the kidneys, and like any organ with a decreased blood flow; it has the potential to fail to do its job.
  • Coma:-  Excessive loss of water can reduce the blood volume and blood supply to the organs. Low blood supply to the brain can cause the coma stage.
  • Heat injury:- If you don’t drink enough fluids when you’re exercising vigorously and perspiring heavily, you may end up with a head injury, ranging in severity from mild heat cramps to heat exhaustion or potentially life-threatening heatstroke
  • Shock:-  Shock is a critical condition brought on by the sudden drop in blood flow through the body. So in dehydration, the blood volume and blood supply dropped and shock can occur. This is one of the most serious, and sometimes life-threatening, complications of dehydration.
  • Electrolyte imbalance:-  In dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities may occur since important chemicals (like sodium, potassium, and chloride) are lost from the body through sweat. Excessive loss of electrolytes can result in death and seizure.

For example, patients with profuse diarrhea or vomiting may lose significant amounts of potassium, causing muscle weakness and heart rhythm disturbances.

Risk factors

There are the following risk factors for dehydration;-

  • Infants and children
  • Older adults
  • People with kidney problems
  • People with chronic illnesses like;- diabetes, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, etc.
  • People who expose to the sun for a prolonged time.

Tips to prevent dehydration

There are the following easy tips that can be effective to get rid of dehydration;-

  • Drink plenty of water, as directed by your doctor.
  • Eat foods with high amounts of water like fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid or limit drinks with caffeine like coffee, teas, and soft drinks.
  • Avoid or limit drinks with alcohol
  • Identify and treat the dehydration in the mild stage
  • Drink ORS (oral rehydration solution) instead of water because ORS balances the electrolyte level in our body.
  • Don’t get directly exposed to the sun.

Home remedies for dehydration

There are the following home remedies that can be useful to treat the mild and moderate forms of dehydration;-

Chamomile for dehydration

It is considered a great re-hydrating agent, along with being an analgesic and de-stressing herb. It also comes as a de-caffeinated tea option that further helps you keep hydrated by replacing the fluids lost due to dehydration.

How to use chamomile for hydration?

Take about two to three dried chamomile flowers (or tea) in a cup of hot water and let it soak for 10 minutes before straining it.

Dose:- Have at least 2-3 cups of chamomile tea daily.

Elderflower for Dehydration

It expels the heat from the body.

How to use elderflower for dehydration?

Take elderflowers and crush them into fine powder.

Dose:-  Take 1-2 teaspoons of this powder with water at least two times every day. You can also make herbal tea and consume it daily.

Asparagus as hydration agent

It is useful in preventing dehydration. It is super rich in fiber that stimulates the absorption of water in the body. It also cools down your body temperature in this heat.

How to use asparagus?

You can use asparagus in various salads and vegetables or consume it in the form of tea, supplements, etc.

Willow bark

The inner bark of the willow tree is believed to have medicinal properties and is used to cure acute headaches caused by dehydration. It has cooling properties that help in keeping the body temperature low. It also helps reduce cramps in the stomach, pain, and inflammation.  

How to use Willow bark for hydration?

You can consume it in the form of tincture, herbal tea, or even supplements.


Licorice or mulethi is a favored herb in Indian households and is used in several ways. It helps in cooling your body temperature and prevents heat stroke, dehydration, and fatigue.

How to use licorice?

It is consumed in the form of a decoction, further keeping the body cool and hydrated. Mulethi water can be consumed by soaking the roots in water for some time before straining them.

Lemon juice during Dehydration

A glass of good old lemon drink is probably one of the most hydrating drinks.

lemon drink for hydration of body

You must have lemon water daily made with the juice of two lemons and a pinch of rock salt. This keeps you hydrated and is also the best way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C.

Coconut water for a hydrating body

Coconut water must be consumed 4 to 5 times a day as it is rich in sodium and potassium and thereby helps to compensate for the fluid loss as well. Coconut water is a powerhouse of electrolytes.  Coconut water is, undoubtedly, the best hydrating drink. It is low in calories and rich in potassium and is known to have better hydrating qualities than plain water. It is also energizing in nature which makes it a healthier substitute for packaged sports or energy drinks.

Cucumber juice for hydration

It is known to contain 90% water and is one of the most hydrating vegetables. Vegetable juices are better for hydration than fruit juices because the natural sugars present in fruits may inhibit hydration. Moreover, fruit juices tend to have a concentrated form of sugar.

Buttermilk for dehydration

Buttermilk is rich in minerals and thus mixing dry ginger in a cup of buttermilk and consuming it at least 3 to 4 times a day can help combat dehydration.

How many glasses of water do we need every day?

7-8 glasses of water are recommended for the best results.

Do water helps in glowing skin?

Drinking adequate water helps your body to keep your blood clean. If your blood will have fewer impurities in it, all of your organs will be benefitted from it including your skin. So, yes drinking enough water every day will help you with glowing skin.

Can we face health issues if we do not drink enough water every day?

You will be shocked to know that most of the health issues people face are not because of the exposure to some new kind of bacteria/virus/environmental conditions but due to our own body system. Water plays an important role in filtering your body and keeps you away from many well-known problems like stones in different parts of the body, dull and dry skin, other problem due to impure blood.

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