Could we identify dehydration from symptoms that have apparently nothing to do with drinking water? The body is wise and sends alerts of all kinds so that we drink more water, even when we are not thirsty, which should be first warning. Around 60% of body of men and 50% of women are water, a molecule that is involved in numerous biochemical reactions necessary for proper functioning of body, such as rmoregulation, renal excretion or nutrient absorption . It is much more than a matter of thirst: attending to following signals will allow us to regulate our hydration on time.1. Feeling of fatigue, confusion and cramps
When athlete Jonathan Brownlee lost world championship of triathlon to less than 200 meters of goal, world saw in direct how it affects dehydration to human body. He managed to cross through extraordinary effort of his bror Alistair, who held him while he staggered disoriented and ran with lost eyes. Athletes are trained to control loss of water during a physical effort, but anyone can suffer a heat stroke. If we feel tired at rest, or we lose our muscles and we suffer cramps we must consider possibility that we lack water.2. Constipation
The usual in adults with a Western diet is bowel movement, at least three times a week. A lower frequency would indicate constipation and it is time to increase number of glasses of water a day, possibly mineralized magnesium, which has a slight laxative effect. The study, published by European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, notes that poor water intake or excessive fluid and electrolyte loss in adults and elderly - wher due to sweating in summer, vomiting or kidney disease - reduce water in stool and thus cause constipation. If this continues you can go to your pharmacy for a quick and effective solution to relieve it.3. Skin without elasticity
The skin turgor or elasticity of skin is an indicator to know if we lack water in body. No matter how much moisturizer we take in, skin remains a silent marker of dehydration, which can be aggravated by excessive sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. Fluid loss of 5% of body mass is considered mild dehydration and 15% is severe. To check skin turgor, we can pinch forehead, between eyebrows, or on back of hand, between thumb and forefinger. The skin will slowly return to its normal state or will be pinched if re is a certain degree of dehydration.4. Cognitive failures
Do you give up and small memory leaks? You may be drinking less water than you should. According to a British research published by Nutrition Magazine, water deprivation can influence our brain. Researchers at University of Reading observed that severe dehydration caused cognitive deficits that affect short-term memory, mood and visual abilities. "This field of research is still in its infancy and we should analyze large number of variables that relate dehydration and overhydration to cognitive aspect." In future we should investigate why this variability happens and what are optimal conditions for state of hydration affects mental performance, " study authors note.5. Urine infections
We eliminate bacteria present in urinary tract through urine and depending on frequency of urination we will be cleaning that system or not. So going just once or twice a day to bathroom to release fluids is too little. Several studies continue to investigate influence of dehydration on urine infections and even formation of painful kidney stones. The elderly are usually more susceptible to dehydration and refore are more exposed to this type of bacterial growth in urinary tract. In se cases it is important to ensure that older people hydrate frequently.6. Respiratory diseases
How does hydration affect bronchopulmonary disorders, such as asthma or bronchiolitis? If doctors' first recommendation to se diseases is to drink enough water and keep environment humid, for some reason it will be. According to a clinical analysis conducted by experts at Dortmund Hospital in Germany, " broncho-pulmonary system facilitates transport of oxygen and exchange between body's internal aqueous systems and dry atmosphere of outside, hence importance of sufficient hydration , although much remains to be investigated to directly relate dehydration as a risk factor in lung diseases. "
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