Understanding Importance of Water and Dehydration

water bottlesOn a really hot day and you’ve been sweating, you get thirsty. Thirst is one of the first signs of dehydration. Dehydration is your body’s way of saying it’s low on water. Your body loses water when you sweat, pee, and when you have diarrhea or when you throw up.

Water is important to keep the body working properly, which is only natural since the body is 60-70% water. When your body loses water, you can usually replenish your water supply by drinking plenty of liquids. You can also get water from th food you eat. If you don’t get your water level back up, you might start feeling sick. If you let your body run on a low water level for too long, you can get very sick and might to to the hospital.

When do you get dehydrated

You can get dehydrated when you’ve been playing hard and sweating a lot on a hot day. You can also get dehydrated while playing indoors.

You can also get dehydrated when you’re sick. For example, if you have a stomach virus, you might throw up or have diarrhea. You also tend to lose you appetite and/or get a sore throat which makes it hard for you to swallow.

Another example is when you have fever. Because your body temperature is high, water evaporates from your skin trying to cool your body down. This is why you have to drink lots of fluids when you’re sick.

Signs of dehydration

Aside from being thirsty, you may also experience the ff:

  • dizziness and/or fatigue
  • rapid heartbeat
  • dry lips and mouth
  • not peeing much
  • have dark or strong-smelling pee

What you should do?

Avoid getting dehydrated as much as possible. If you’re going to be doing a lot of physical activities for the day, make sure you drink a lot of water before, during and after your activities. Do not forget to wear cool and comfortable clothes and avoid playing under the sun for too long. Dehydration can come with heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. When you’re sick and have no appetite, keep eating and drinking even little sups and bites.

When to see your doctor

Go to the hospital if you have an illness where your diarrhea doesn’t go away or if you continue throwing up. You will be given fluids intravenously, meaning the IV line goes directly into your veins right where your body needs it. The IV may hurt a little when being inserted, kind of like when you get a cut. Afterwards, it won’t hurt anymore, and you’ll begin to feel much better.