Dehydration is a condition when the body has lost higher degree of fluid than it has taken in. In order to be healthy, one must be properly hydrated. All the cells in the body need water and oxygen so as to carry out the day to day functions. Usually the infants, adolescents, elderly people, athletes and people residing on high altitudes are vulnerable to dehydration.
Causes of Dehydration
- Excessive urination
- Vigorous exercise
- Prolonged sweating
Symptoms of Dehydration
Depending on the condition and the severity of the problem, condition can be mild or severe.
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
- Less urination
- Muscle cramps
Severe or Chronic Dehydration
- Low Blood Pressure
- Excessive Thirst
- Little or negligible urination
- Sunken eyes
- Rapid heartbeat
- No elasticity
In case the symptoms are too severe, immediate medical help is recommended.
Home remedies for Dehydration
1. Drink more water
Dehydration means the body has less water than it actually needs. So, when you drink sufficient water you’ll get rid of dehydration faster.
- Drink small quantities of water throughout the day
- Consume clear fluids and electrolyte drinks
- Consume juices or sports drinks
- Suck ice chips or the frozen bottled water multiple times in a day
2. Homemade ORS
When you are suffering from dehydration, your body’s immediate requirement is to restore all the lost minerals and fluids. So, the best home remedy that works here is Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS).
- Take 4 cups of water and mix about 6 teaspoons of sugar and ½ teaspoon of salt in it
- Stir enough to dissolve the salt and sugar
- Drink it several times of the day to recover
If you are suffering from vomiting or diarrhea due to dehydration then yogurt is the best home remedy. It has a good degree of electrolytes in it.
- Consume a cup of plain yogurt multiple times in a day
- Add cottage cheese if needed
- You can also consume boiled rice with yogurt and little salt