The following are the most common symptoms of dehydration. However, everyone experiences symptoms differently.
- Symptoms may include:
- Less-frequent urination
- Dry skin
- Dry mouth and mucous membranes
- Increased heart rate and breathing
Treatment for dehydration If caught early, dehydration can often be treated at home under a physician’s guidance. In cases of mild dehydration, simple rehydration is recommended by drinking fluids. Many sports drinks on the market effectively restore body fluids, electrolytes, and salt balance. Just try to find one without artificial dyes, colors, and sugars. You should be able to pronounce and recognize the ingredients! For moderate dehydration, intravenous (IV) fluids may be required, although, if caught early enough, simple rehydration may be effective. Cases of serious dehydration should be treated as a medical emergency, and hospitalization, along with intravenous fluids, is necessary. Immediate action should be taken. For moderation dehydration symptoms, come see us at Elements for IV Hydration to receive hydration straight to where your body needs it! http://www.elementsnatmed.com/services/ Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun. Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing. Try to schedule physical outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day. Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. Unless you’re on a fluid restriction per your doctor. Try this homemade electrolyte drink to keep you hydrated and functioning at top speed!
- 1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal teas, coconut water, plain water, etc.)
- 1/8-1/4 tsp high quality salt (or more if needed)
- 1 tsp calcium magnesium powder.
- 1/4 cup or more of juice (optional) – can use grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc.
Foods to replenish lost electrolytes Dark green vegetables and nuts offer magnesium; plain table salt provides sodium and chloride; avocados, oranges, mangoes, kiwi, bananas and yogurt provide potassium; and dairy products, nuts and greens offer calcium.
Courtney Cox Gibson, RN