|5 Foods to Eat to Prevent Dehydration|
|Dehydration - Dehydration 2012|
|Written by Frank Mangano|
|Wednesday, 30 May 2012 03:01|
Two-thirds of the earth is covered with water. Almost 75% percent of the human body is composed with the same substance. So if you ask if water is important, then there is no doubt about it. The way that it makes up the most of the earth and how much the body is composed of it proves that water is essential for man’s survival. We can live for days and a week without eating, but we cannot last a day without drinking water.
Since antiquity, water has been regarded as a symbol of purity and devotion. However, recent technological changes have exploited, abused and contaminated our waters. If this continues, not only will we lose our marine life, but we might not have anything clean to drink anymore. An average body of an adult contains up to 42 liters of water. A little lack of water, approximately 2.7 liters, man can immediately suffer from dehydration. In the book “Your body’s Many Cries For Water”, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj wrote an essay about the vital role of water in a water “starved” society. He says that since water affects cell function, the deficiency in water intake can affect cell efficiency activity, and cause chronic dehydration as a result.
Dehydration is a condition in which the amount of water lost in the body exceeds the amount that you take in. The body is dynamic and ever changing, we lose water everyday through the water vapor we release by exhaling as well as through urine, stool and sweat. As such, a person has to take a specific amount of water in a normal day to replace the loss of water and avoid dehydration. A person has to generally drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and may increase depending on the environment temperature and body weight, heavier people need more amount of water a day.
Causes of dehydration come from too much water loss or lack of water intake. Sweating to cool one’s self can cause huge amounts of water loss, whether it is due to a hot environment, intense physical activity or due to fever. It can also be due to diarrhea or vomiting where we expel many fluids. Diabetes and burns are also causes. The inability to drink due to impairment or lack of availability of water will also endanger one of dehydration.
When the body feels dehydrated, its initial reaction is either thirst to be able to drink water, or decrease urine outflow to conserve body fluids, however, the urine will become more concentrated and yellow in color. Signs and symptoms become more evident the more water loss increases. Signs of dehydration include lightheadedness, dry mouth, heart palpitations, weakness, decreased urine production, no sweating and no tears come out. Eventually, if dehydration remains untreated, it can become a cause of coma and death.
Due to the increasing popularity and demand of sodas and artificial flavored waters, pure water becomes less and less appealing to us. However, CNN.com reports that there are foods that contain fluids to fight dehydration. Most of the foods richest in water are vegetables and fruits. Taking water, together with fruits and vegetables, will definitely steer you away from dehydration.
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