Dehydration — causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by

Dehydration is the deficiency of water in the body. It occurs when the body loses more fluids than you take in. The body may lose a lot of fluid from sweating too much, vomiting, urinating too much, or suffering from fever or nausea. It commonly occurs in children. Dehydration may also occur in older adults and individuals with certain diseases, such as diabetes.

Known side effects of dehydration

Dehydration can cause several side effects to the body, which include bad breath, dry skin, muscle cramps, fever and chills, food cravings (particularly for sweets), and headaches. It may also cause increased thirst, dry mouth, tiredness, decreased urine output, dizziness, and little to no tears, according to an entry published on the website EMedicineHealth.com.

Body systems harmed by dehydration

The body systems affected by dehydration include the integumentary, digestive, and urinary systems.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent dehydration

An article published on the website Health.com suggested foods that can prevent a person from getting dehydrated. These include the following (all foods contain at least 90 percent of water):

  • Baby carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Grapefruit
  • Green peppers
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Star fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Foods that treat dehydration, according to an entry published on the website StyleCraze.com, include:

  • Apple Juice
  • Bananas
  • Barley Water
  • Buttermilk
  • Coconut Water
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Epsom Salt
  • Green Tea
  • Lemon Water
  • Orange Juice
  • Pickle Juice
  • Salt
  • Soups
  • Yogurt

Treatments, management plans for dehydration

The best treatment for dehydration is to rehydrate the body by drinking a lot of fluids, such as water, diluted squash, or diluted fruit juice. Other treatments for dehydration include a sweet drink, which can help replace lost sugar, and a salty snack, which can help replace lost salt.

Where to learn more

Summary

Dehydration is the deficiency of water in the body.

Dehydration causes bad breath, dry skin, muscle cramps, fever and chills, food cravings (particularly for sweets), headaches, increased thirst, dry mouth, tiredness, decreased urine output, dizziness, and little to no tears.

Dehydration can be prevented by eating baby carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, grapefruit, green peppers, iceberg lettuce, radishes, spinach, star fruit, strawberries, tomatoes, and watermelon.

Dehydration can be treated by drinking a lot of fluids, such as water, diluted squash, or diluted fruit juice; drinking a sweet drink; and eating a salty snack.

Sources include:

MSDManuals.com

NHS.uk

MedlinePlus.gov

EverydayHealth.com

EMedicineHealth.com

Health.com

StyleCraze.com

NHSInform.scot



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