Summer is getting intense, and to survive this lousy hot day it is very important to keep yourself hydrated.
Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have enough water. This is the most common problem in all age groups, especially in summer.
In this scorching heat, chronic dehydration could be fatal if neglected. Dehydration disrupts metabolic processes and can affect all organs of the body.
Symptoms of dehydration are quite visible. In adults, dehydration can have mild to severe impact on the affected individuals. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults include the dry and sticky tongue, excessive thirst, less frequent urination, dizziness, the colour of urine becoming dark and fatigue.
While in children, eyes and cheeks appear sunken, increased sleep and lack of energy, increased tiredness, and dry diapers for more than 3 hours, absence of tears while crying are some of the common signs of dehydration.
Dehydration may also cause some unusual side effects like:
- Bad breath
- Frequent chills
- Cravings for sweets
- Cramps in muscles
- Dry skin
If you are constantly ignoring the signs of dehydration it may lead you to a serious medical condition. You can follow the simple and natural remedies mentioned below to get rid of the condition.
Coconut water is loaded with nutrients that help compensate amounts of sodium and potassium you lost because of dehydration. In a hot summery day, sipping coconut water helps in energizing the body. According to some studies, coconut water can boost immunity and can also kill certain harmful microorganisms in your body. Since coconut contains diuretic properties, it is also good for your urinary system.
It is one of the best herbal remedies for re-hydrating, also being an analgesic and de-stressing herb. It also comes as a de-caffeinated tea option that further helps you keep hydrated by replacing the fluids lost due to dehydration. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties that improve digestion and also ensures smooth bowel movements.
You can take about two to three dried chamomile flowers (or tea) in a cup of hot water and let it soak for 10 minutes before straining it. You can take two to three cups of chamomile tea every day.
It helps in reducing the body temperature and lessens the need for expelling heat from the body through evaporation. While evaporation comes down, fluid retention automatically boosts up. Elderflower is filled with antibacterial and antiviral properties and may help alleviate some allergies and boost the functioning of the immune system in the summer season. It also has diuretic and laxative properties which are helpful in relieving occasional constipation.
Asparagus, formally known as Asparagus officinalis, is a member of the lily family. It helps the body to retain fluids, thereby preventing dehydration. It is quite rich in fibre that stimulates the absorption of water in your body. It also cools down your body temperature in this harsh heat. You can use asparagus in various salads and vegetables or simply consume it in the form of tea, supplements, etc.
This is one of the best sought and recommended a herbal remedy. It is believed that the inner bark of the willow tree has medicinal properties and is used to cure acute headaches caused by dehydration. Its cooling properties help to keep the body temperature low. It also helps reduce cramps in the stomach, pain and inflammation.
This is a well known Indian household herb that is used in several ways. It helps in cooling your body temperature and prevents heat stroke, dehydration and fatigue. The root of licorice is packed with amorfrutins, which have several anti-inflammatory characteristics that help keep diabetes-related conditions at bay. According to some studies, it helps in reducing blood sugar.
Dehydration causes a lack of potassium in your body. Bananas are a great source of potassium and can help replenish their levels and combat dehydration. Bananas are also known for its numerous health benefiting properties – it helps in regulating heartbeat, blood pressure, and keeps the brain alert. They are loaded with fibre, both soluble and insoluble