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Dehydration

a_dehydratedYour body is made up of about 75% water. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has probably lost 500ml or more of water.

Symptoms of dehydration can include headaches, a sudden episode of visual snow, dizziness or fainting when standing up.

Dehydration is best avoided by drinking plenty of water. The greater the amount of water lost through perspiration, the more water must be consumed to replace it and avoid dehydration. Since the body cannot tolerate large deficits or excesses in total body water, consumption of water must be roughly concurrent with the loss (in other words, if one is perspiring, one should also be drinking water frequently). Drinking water beyond the needs of the body entails little risk when done in moderation, since the kidneys will efficiently remove any excess water through the urine with a large margin of safety.

A useful rule of thumb for avoiding dehydration in hot or humid environments or during strenuous activity involves monitoring the frequency and character of urination. If one develops a full bladder at least every 3-5 hours and the urine is only lightly colored or colorless, chances are that dehydration is not occurring; if urine is deeply colored, or urination occurs only after many hours or not at all, water intake may not be adequate to maintain proper hydration.

The best treatment to avoid dehydration is drinking plenty of water and stopping fluid loss. Water is preferable to sport drinks and other commercially-sold rehydration fluids, as the balance of electrolytes they provide may not match the replacement requirements of the individual.

Drinking water beyond the needs of the body entails little risk when done in moderation, since the kidneys will efficiently remove any excess water through the urine with a large margin of safety.

A common list of benefits from drinking the proper levels of an excellent pure mineral water is as follows:

  • Health and vitality boosting
  • An increase in mental alertness
  • An increase in physical stamina
  • A reduction from the negative effects of stress
 

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