The human body does not lie.
It knows when we do not treat them well. It is evolutionarily programmed to send SOS signals when it recognises danger or is being pushed to its limits. It has a mind of its own so to say and tells us when it is not happy. Dehydration is one of those dangers that manifest in different ways in our body. You do not have to be running and sweating profusely to know you are dehydrated. Just sitting in one place at a time can dehydrate you too. Increasing levels of dehydration with fluid losses of more than 1 percent of body weight can lead to reduction in the body's physical performance and the ability to control temperature. 1 If you are not replacing what you have lost, you may be setting yourself up for trouble.
Here are ways your body may be sending you mixed signals for you can recognise to evaluate your dehydration and take appropriate action.
Rising body temperature
Hotter body temperature will not always mean fever. Sweating is the body’s cooling system and the heat generated by every movement in your body is released with water to keep your core temperature stable. When you are dehydrated the water in your body is not enough to sweat out, so the heat remains trapped in your body and your temperature rises. It puts you at the risk of a heat stroke.
Increased heart beats
When you are dehydrated, your blood volume can decrease which means your heart will attempt to pump more blood for it to reach more of your body, overworking itself. It does so to provide relief and keep your muscles working. Making sure the blood pressure is maintained at low blood volume, blood vessels constrict which can cause headaches. When it cannot keep up, you could end up suffering from severe heat exhaustion as well.
Mood swings and crankiness
Thirst has direct effects on the brain’s capacity to function properly. If you are feeling sluggish, forgetful, confused, or whiny, your body might be telling you that it needs hydration. Researchers say that some parts of the brain possibly shrink when you are dehydrated. According to a research, it may also show up in different ways and frequency between men and women. Women were more susceptible to getting headaches, have a harder time concentrating and their moods dropped. Men on the other hand felt anxious, tired, and experienced loss of memory.
These apparently simple ways in which dehydration may show you that you need to pay more attention to your body, may lead to other fatal signs if ignored. Dehydration causes not only the loss of water, but it also causes the loss of vital elements and ions in the body that it requires to function properly. The loss of electrolytes in the body diminishes its ability to send essential messages transmitted through these ions and is capable of breaking the internal links in the body that keep it working like a well-oiled machine. Finding appropriate and healthy ways of hydrating is of great importance to remaining healthy and hearty, literally.
As Covid-19 ravages the world and we undertake a complete re-alignment of the systems that we have existed under so far, all of us have been starkly reminded of the adage “Health is Wealth”. It is imperative, today than ever before that we allow our bodies the best fighting chance against the pandemic by shining the spotlight on our immunity. Incorporating healthy habits and following practices is a matter of discipline and that has gained utmost relevance. Today is a great day to start taking the best care of yourself. Don’t skip on great nutrition, hydration, rest and exercise
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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