Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thirsty? Know the signs!

 Dehydration is more common than most people realize. With so many soda and drink mix options today, it is hard to remember to drink more water. Especially 64 ounces worth!
 It is important to remember that the body requires a lot of water to function normally. Without water, major organs are not getting what they need. The kidneys remove excess fluids and waste from the blood. Water is needed for the kidneys to be able to flush those things from the body.
 Dehydration in pregnancy can cause pretem contractions and urinary tract infections. It is important for pregnant women to drink even more than the standard 64 ounces of water daily.
 Dehydration can be caused by inadequate intake of water, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, exercising without replenishing water, and very hot weather.
 Symptoms can include dry mouth, headache, dizziness, thirst, sleepiness, decreased urine output, decreased blood pressure, and increased heartrate. In cases of severe dehydration, it is imperitive to seek medical attention immediately.
 So just remember, dehydration can be prevented by drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day and remembering to replenish any water that may have been lost. Drink, drink ,drink!!!!

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