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Home Remedies for Dehydration

Being hydrated is a critical need of the body. When dehydration occurs, the body loses more fluid that taken in. This may lead to serious health conditions as the oxygen supply to the cell diminishes.

Risks of Dehydration

  • It poses several risks to the body. However, infants, younger children and older people are at higher risk.
  • Also people with chronic illness, endurance athletes and people living at higher altitudes are also at risk of dehydration.
  • It is very important to seek immediate medical advice as soon as dehydration occurs.

Causes

The following are the common causes of dehydration,

  • Vigorous exercise
  • Hot weather
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased urination

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Symptoms 

The symptoms of dehydration may differ depending on the severity of the condition. The following are the symptoms when dehydration is mild,

  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Thirst
  • Less urination
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

The below given symptoms are for severe or chronic cases of dehydration,

  • Extreme thirst
  • Confusion
  • Little or no urination
  • Sunken eyes
  • Very dry mouth
  • Dry skin that lacks elasticity
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Even delirium
  • Unconsciousness

Dehydration, mild or severe, must be addressed at the earliest. Immediate seek for medical help and get it treated accordingly.

Home Remedies for Dehydration

The following are the home remedies for dehydration.

1. Drink Plenty of Water

The first and foremost thing to be done to treat it is to drink plenty of water. It replenishes the cells of the body and provides an instant dose of energy.

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What to Do?

  • Slowly sip small amounts of water throughout the day
  • You may also drink carbohydrate or electrolyte-containing drinks
  • Sucking on popsicles made from juices also helps in recovering from dehydration
  • Try on some sports drink for instant energy
  • Frozen bottle water or ice cubes cab also be had at regular intervals

According to the Institute of Medicine, healthy adult men living in temperate climate need an adequate intake of about 13 cups of beverage in a day, while a healthy adult woman requires 9 cups of beverage a day.

2. ORS

Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) is one of the best ways to restore the decreased hydration levels in the body. It is easy to prepare and helps in restoring the lost fluids faster.

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What to Do?

  • Add half teaspoon of salt and six teaspoons of sugar to four cups of water
  • Stir thoroughly until they dissolve completely
  • Drink this homemade ORS several times a day until you recover completely
  • It is available in any of the drug stores easily and is WHO certified
3. Yogurt

Yogurt is yet another effective remedy for dehydration due to diarrhea or vomiting. It is the best source for natural electrolytes and also it has soothing effects on the stomach.

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What to Do?

  • Eat plain yogurt several times a day
  • You may also add little cottage cheese to the yogurt for added benefits
  • You may also eat plain boiled rice with yogurt by adding a little salt
4. Fruits and Vegetables

In a study conducted at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, fruits and vegetables with high water content, hydrates the body twice as effectively as a glass of water. Fruits and vegetables that are water-rich, have the ability to control dehydration.

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What to Do?

  • Eat fruits and vegetables containing hydrating salts, minerals and sugars which would act similar to an isotonic drink
  • Fruits and vegetables like watermelon, oranges, cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, cucumber, grapes, papaya, celery, lettuce, radish, spinach, zucchini and tomatoes have high water content and must be consumed regularly
  • Eat plenty of salads and smoothies
5. Bananas

Bananas are very effective in treating mild dehydration caused due to loss of minerals like potassium. It also restores the normal functioning of the cramped muscles that occurred due to the water loss in the body.

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What to Do?

  • Eat one or two bananas during the day
  • You may also drink bananas shakes or smoothies
6. Coconut Water

Coconut water is natural electrolytes that treat dehydration issues faster. It has high electrolytes and relatively low calories and sugar. According to a study published in the Jounal of International Society of Sports Nutrition,coconut water has similar positive effects to sports drinks. It is highly nutritious and easily absorbed by the body cells.

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What to Do?

  • Drink tender coconut several times a day to recover faster from dehydration
  • You may also take the pulp of the coconut along with the coconut water
  • Repeat this for few days until dehydration is fully gone and the body is replenished

The above remedies will help only during mild dehydration. For severe cases, it is always better to consult the doctor as soon as possible. However, these remedies can be used for severe cases too along with the prescription.

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