Dehydration occurs when water loss is greater than water intake. Water is essential for the body, and keeping the body adequately hydrated is necessary for it to function. Water makes up 75% of the body’s weight, mainly found within the cells of the body. The rest is found in the blood vessels and the interstitial spaces between cells. The Institute of Medicine have recommended that men drink 13 cups (3 litres) and women drink 9 cups (2.2 litres), per day.

How to identify dehydration?

It is crucial to not neglect early signs of dehydration as just dryness of tongue and mouth. Here are some symptoms that indicate you are dehydrated:

  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Darkening of Urine and Reduce Urination
  • Weakness
  • Abundant Sweating
  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Nausea
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Lightheadedness
  • Rapid Shallow Breathing
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Tachycardia
  • Paleness of Skin

Alternative ways to quench your dehydration

A Cup of Tea – Studies have shown that tea rehydrates your body and quenches your thirst as effectively as water. Dr. C Carrie Ruxton, a nutritionist lead author of the study said:

“Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water… tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it”

You may have heard that drinks containing caffeine, which is a diuretic, remove water from your system. Tea, in fact, introduces more water into your body than it removes.

Watermelon – It’s not only most people’s favourite summer fruit, but also a great remedy for dehydration. The fruit is made up of 92% water and also a good source of an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene has been shown by studies to reduce male risks of prostate cancer, according to the Mayo Institute. The fruit also contains vitamin A, B6 and C.

Avocado – It is a nutrient-enriched superfood with 60%-70% of water content. It is also an excellent source for vitamin E, folate, B-vitamins and fibre, which help in increasing the traditional water intake.

So make sure you stay hydrated this summer! Whether that be with the above alternatives or just plain-old water.

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