Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What Is Dehydration?
Water plays an important part of the overall function of the body and can cause significant health concerns when lacking. Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the body loses more fluid that what is being taken in. During a state of dehydration, the body has insufficient water and fluids to complete its normal functions. In addition to acute dehydration – that occurring from a severe health condition or environmental issue – chronic dehydration affects a number of individuals daily and is described as not drinking enough water daily. Both acute and chronic dehydration can cause significant health concerns.
Aside from just feeling thirsty, dehydration presents a number of additional symptoms. Common symptoms of both acute and chronic dehydration include dry mouth, tiredness or lethargy, decreased urination and no tears. Additional symptoms of dehydration include headache, dry skin, constipation, dizziness and lightheadedness.
Dehydration occurs when a lack of water is present in the body compared to what is being consumed throughout the day. In essence, the body’s equilibrium is off and the system literally “dries out.” Several factors may contribute to insufficient water intake including busyness, sickness, and lack of access to water. Additional causes of dehydration have more to do with an increase of the amount of water the body is excreting such as sickness including diarrhea or vomiting, fever, excessive sweating and increased urination.
Chronic Dehydration Remedies
Whatever the causes of dehydration, the condition can be treated using many natural remedies that replenish the body’s need for liquid and enhance the body’s ability to absorb liquid. Effective treatment options include asparagus, magnesium, and sea salt. Each of these has special properties that aid the body’s absorption of water. Additional options include coconut water and watermelon, which are both absorbed more rapidly into the cells replenishing liquid faster. To remedy dehydration and prevent further episodes, sugar should also be limited in the diet.
[YEA] 05/07/2012: Amanda from Kochi, Japan: "Coconut water for dehydration!!! I was suffering dizzy spells from jet leg and tried it and felt almost immediate relief!!! Amazing!!!"Replies
[YEA] 07/24/2012: Teriinttown from Tacoma, Wa replies: "I agree with the previous post. Coconut water seems to be more rapidly absorbed by the cells."
08/16/2013: Joy from Battleground: "Balance is the key to hydration. I learned the hard way. Calcium doesn't go into the cells without magnesium, magnesium helps the body with sugar and homones. Lots of minerals make up the hydration balance and if one is out of balance then it doesn't work properly.
Too much sugar and you pee a lot while the body dumps sugar..... Not enough salt or magnesium and the water doesn't stay in place, too much salt and the water gets stuck and you swell up. Not enough potassium and you feel dizzy, then there are the trace minerals... get them out of balance and you don't feel well.
Stress causes the body to take your resources and make cortisol so you can run from the bear, then you feel drained. It can be a party or vacation that causes stress signals to drain you."
08/04/2011: Sc from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: "Hi, I love your site and read it all the time. I was looking for remedies for dehydration but can't find any. Could you add this to your list?
08/05/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Maybe drinking more water or other liquids? I know they give the children in Africa a solution of water, salt and sugar. You will probably find the information on the Internet and I think that such solutions can be bought in the pharmacy as well."
01/09/2013: Melissamd from Denton, Md, United States replies: "Thank you, John from Plymouth, Ma; for posting! I am starting that today!"
08/05/2011: John from Plymouth, Ma: "Hello, Put 1/4 teaspoon of either sea salt, Himalayan sat or Celtic salt in a quart of water... Drink 2 or more quarts a day... These salts are the only kind to consume... Regular table salt is heated to 1200 degrees and they loose 80 minerals and trace elments... These are minerals that are necessary to your overall health.. You will not hold water taking this kind of salt... You will feel the difference after drinking just one glass of this water.. It will optimize your health and you will no longer be dehydrated...
Best of health..."
05/05/2013: Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: "Hi, would you make the work of this amazing humanitarian doctor available under dehydration. I see not mention of the Water Cure in this area and it needs to be. His name is Dr. F. Batmaghelidj, he has passed but not his web site, watercure.com. Thanks!"
[YEA] 08/08/2013: Ladyj from Israel: "Watermelon for dehydration. I just did a liver cleanse with a lot of salt water and became almost completely dehydrated. I began drinking water and it poured through me. Then I ate a green apple and it continued. Then I ate watermelon and now I'm just beginning to retain and hold the water back in. WATERMELON WORKS!! :o)"