Stay hydrated at all times.

Stay hydrated at all times.

With summer temperatures skyrocketing quite frequently to 32 C and soaring even higher, almost daily to 37 C with the humidex this summer, dehydration that leads to heat exhaustion and the sometimes fatal condition known as heat stroke becomes more likely. Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids,  exceeds the number of fluids that are taken in through drinking or eating. When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to death.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Symptoms of dehydration in adults include: dizziness, heart palpitations, confusion, dry mouth, feeling thirsty, inability to sweat and fainting. Decreased urine input or darker colored urine can also indicate dehydration.

The Many Causes of Dehydration

Aside from heat exhaustion or heat stroke there are quite a few other conditions that may cause rapid and continued fluid losses and lead to dehydration.

* Too much sun, heat exposure while exercising too much can cause the condition. That is why it is so important to take at least two liters of water with you if plan to take part in a Hot Yoga session,

* There are scores of Illnesses that can also cause dehydration. A fever can cause you to lose fluids you also lose fluids because of vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination due to infection.

* People with a metabolic disorder diabetes are also prone to dehydration.  This is because their bodies are not as efficient at regulating their inner body temperature,

* Ill individuals without caregivers or who have memory problems are also more prone to being dehydrated because they have a lack of access to water.  The same is true for infants, who are basically helpless and cannot give themselves fluids.

* If you are ill and not cared for properly, an infant or disabled in some way it might be easier for you to become dehydrated as you may not be able to have access to adequate amounts of liquids to keep you hydrated.

* Significant injuries to the skin, such as burns or mouth sores, or severe skin diseases or infections can cause dehydration, as water is lost through the damaged skin.  Even a mild sunburn can provoke the symptoms of dehydration in some people

* Drinking too much alcohol is also a common culprit as it dehydrates your body. Drinking too much caffeine, green tea or cola drinks may also act as diuretics that can expel too much water out of your body.

* Having little or no access to safe drinking water or air conditioning is a common cause of dehydration for people all over the world.

Of course, prolonged exposure to the sun, humidity, and hot weather is the primary cause of dehydration, To avoid dehydration you might want to avoid exercise and exposure to the sun during days of high heat or humidity.

Care, Treatment And Warnings

Most cases of dehydration can be treated at home. The best remedy is to drink liquids. However, when dehydrated it may be difficult for the body to accept water in large doses fast. It is best to sip small amounts of water frequently or suck on popsicles made from water and natural juices.

* Natural drinks such as a teaspoon of lemon juice and a dash of salt mixed with a liter of water can assist greatly with dehydration.  Be sure to sip slowly and try to drink a whole liter every two hours.

* If the dehydration is due to heat exposure it helps to loosen the person’s clothing and spray or mist lukewarm water on exposed skin surfaces to help the body cool itself by evaporation.

* Do not pack ice around a person who is dehydrated. This will make the person shiver and shivering causes the body temperature to increase rather than decrease.

*Medical treatment is usually required if the person has been dehydrated for a couple of days and has a temperature of 104 degrees or higher. In a hospital, you may be administered fluids by intravenous units.

* Medications such as acetaminophen may be prescribed for a headache or fever that sometimes accompanies a condition of dehydration.

* A prolonged period of dehydration may require iv therapy to help you recover from the nutrient and water loss as with some people, the symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke can linger for weeks When dehydration is treated and the underlying cause identified, you will recover normally. At Pinewood, we can offer iv therapy, naturopathic testing, homeopathy and other methods to help treat the causes and after-effects of an episode of dehydration. We are also a go-to practitioner and dietician for Toronto Weight Loss,

Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at http://www.pinewoodhealth.caor call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario that you can reach by phone at (905)-427-0057. Another option is to email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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