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DEHYDRATION: Dry Season Effect on your Health

This occurs when the loss of body fluid especially water is higher than the amount taken in.
Water is 75% of our weight, the basal solvent, and carrier of minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats, hormones, etc. in our body. We lose water daily via sweat, urine, stools, and the air we breathe out; and are at high risk to lose more during the dry season, especially the little ones.

Dehydration can occur at a mild and moderate level, both of which can be stabilized by the intake of fluid; but at a severe level, immediate medical care is needed as it can lead to death.

Causes / Risk Factors of Dehydration
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • No access to safe drinkable water
  • Heat exposure and excessive exercise
  • High blood sugar / Diabetes.
Signs / Symptoms include
  • Increased thirst and Dry Mouth
  • Decreased release and darkened color of urine
  • Headaches and Fatigue
  • Dryness of Skin and Sunken eyes
  • Rapid heartbeat and mental distortion.
  • Constipation and Muscle cramps
Wellness Cues
  • Listen to your body, drink water when you feel thirsty
  • Go out daily with water and healthy snacks.
  • If you are an athlete  take extra drinks to boost your energy levels
  • Stay attuned with the weather forecast in your location to plan ahead
  • Quit heavy Alcohol intake
  • Fleshy fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, berries, oranges, and lemons are sources to balance your body water content.

Stay Hydrated! Stay Healthy!


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