“Drink more water” is what you’re going to hear in response to a lot of questions regardinging maintaining optimal health. It’s recommended that you drink on average about 8 glasses of water per day, unless otherwise notified by a physician. Some people are on a fluid restriction due to their heart failure or other reasons.
The most common problem that we see when people are dehydrated is Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) galore in our elderly population. When someone drinks an adequate amount of fluids, this causes your bladder to flush out the bacteria, there by eliminating the UTI from hanging around and festering. I talk more about UTIs in another post which you can see by clicking here.
When you come down with a stomach bug and are vomiting or having diarrhea, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking in enough water. Even if you can’t keep anything down, you can try and suck on some ice cubes.
I’m sure if you work outside doing any type of manual labor, you’ve been informed to keep the water coming because when you sweat a lot and are out in the heat that also caues dehydration.
Symptoms & Side Effects
You may have the following symptoms if you’re dehydrated:
- Dry mouth & increased thirst
- Urine is darker than normal and/or a decrease in urination altogther
Your doctor may recommend you go in and see him/her for an appointment or they may suggest you go to an Urgent Care to get IV fluids. Most doctor’s offices do not offer IV fluids on site and it would be a wasted visit if you’re in more of an urgent type situation.
If you have to go to the Urgent Care, be sure you check to verify the location you’re going to offers IV fluids. I know some local Urgent Care centers do not carry them either. It doesn’t hurt to check that out before you go.
Water allows electrolytes to be carried throughout your body. When you’re lacking the sufficient amount of fluids, this can cause an electrolytes imbalance which (in worst cases) can lead to seizures or loosing consciousness.
The kidneys absolutely are affected when there is a shortage of fluids which can cause damage. If your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, this can cause serious complications which can land you in the hospital. For anyone that has uncontrolled Diabetes or take diuretics (fluid retention medication), they are more at risk for complications in this area.
Oh there are many gadgets related to helping people keep hydrated. I know a lot of people that carry around various water bottles that constantly remind them to drink more. There are clear plastic jugs that have markings associated with different times of the day. So by 2 pm you should have drank up to a certain amount, and by 6 pm you should have drank even further, etc.
Amazon is a good place to peruse different types. This image is one I grabbed off their website, I’m not an affiliate, but it’s BPA free and “eco-friendly” which is always a bonus. You can click here to check out their listing.
Other than water bottles, there are of course “apps for that”. I know that my fitness app on my phone can set reminders every so often telling me to “DRINK MORE WATER”. You should also be able to set this up as a reminder on your FitBit to buzz your wrist at set intervals, like it does when it reminds you to move your hiney.
To check out a full list of apps to help you on your way to proper hydration intake, I recommend looking at this article by Bustle.com: 6 Apps That Can Help You Drink More Water.
Have you come up with a creative solution to help you keep on track with getting enough water? If so, I would love to hear from you- you can share this by commenting below!
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Reference: Mayo Clinic