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.
Asparagus will help water absorption.