While common during the summer months, most people don’t realize that dehydration is a wintertime problem as well. It occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don't replace those fluids, you will get dehydrated. The best approach is to prevent dehydration in the first place. During winter months, our homes are very dry. If you experience static electricity when walking in stocking feet on carpet, your home is too dry and you run the risk of dehydration.
Common causes of dehydration include vigorous exercise, diarrhea; vomiting; fever or excessive sweating. Not drinking enough water during exercise. Anyone can become dehydrated. Drinking caffeinated drinks or energy drinks accelerate dehydration. You can usually reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, but severe dehydration may need immediate medical treatment. Keep an eye on how much fluid you lose during hot weather, illness or exercise, and drink enough liquids to replace what’s been lost.
Here are some symptoms of dehydration:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth and swollen tongue
- Heart Palpitations
- Inability to sweat
- Decreased urine output