The summers are here and the heat is increasing. We cannot run away from this heat, nor can we sit all day in air-conditioned rooms. We need to survive and what better way to beat the heat than to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated?
Sometimes it happens that you feel extremely thirsty and then you reach out for water. It may happen many times that you are drinking water but that thirst is unsatisfied. This can mean that your body is dehydrated. When your body loses more water than it takes in, it can lead to dehydration. The fluid loss in the body happens due to sweat, urination, stool and the weather.
Symptoms of Dehydration
- Dry mouth
- Decreased urination
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Home Remedies To Treat Dehydration
During the summer months, the body feels drained out because it tends to lose water and mineral salts at a fast pace. This causes dehydration and if not treated it could be fatal. Try these home remedies to treat dehydration.
Undoubtedly, water is the most precious gift that has been given to mankind. Water is one of the best home remedies to treat dehydration. Drinking plenty of water can rehydrate your body in no time. It is important to rest and drink water in small sips and at regular intervals, instead of just gulping water. Water is a cure for someone who is mildly dehydrated. Glucose water or lemon water as a home remedy to treat dehydration is also useful as it contains electrolytes. Low level of electrolytes also causes dehydration. During summers one should aim to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water.
#2. Coconut water
Nature has supplied us with the best form of natural medicines. Coconut water is one of them. Having coconut water eliminating toxins from your body and helps in maintaining a proper fluid balance in your body which is why it is one of the best dehydration remedies.
Coming back home after a hot day at school or work, we tend to reach for the fridge and take out that cold bottle of water- but that does more harm than cure. Having fresh, juicy pieces of watermelon just after a hot day is more refreshing and hydrating. Watermelon comforts your body and quenches the thirst; while bringing the water level in your body to an equilibrium; is a natural remedy for dehydration.
Yes, we know that bananas
do not contain water, but they do contain potassium. Dehydration causes a deficiency of potassium in our bodies and having a banana or two can help maintain that level of potassium and help us recover from dehydration.
#5. Fruit infused water
This water is made by adding cut fruits in normal water. Drinking fruit-infused water will keep your body hydrated and will also supply your body with essential nutrients. This can be given to someone who is suffering from dehydration, but make sure you do not give chilled water. You can add fruits of your choice like a piece of watermelon, lemon, orange, strawberry, cucumber along with some fresh mint leaves.
#6. Homemade ORS
ORS or oral rehydration salts are the best remedies for treating dehydration. Immediate restoration of lost fluids and minerals in the body is important when one is suffering from dehydration. The most effective and easiest way to achieve this is with the help of a homemade ORS.
The International Journal of Epidemiology states that ORS is effective against dehydration mortality caused by diarrhea in home, community, and facility settings.
Here is how you can make ORS at home:
- Add ½ teaspoon of salt and 6 teaspoons of sugar (or brown sugar) to 4 cups of drinking water.
- Stir this thoroughly until the salt and sugar dissolve completely.
- Sip on this homemade ORS several times a day until you recover completely.
- You can also buy drugstore ORS approved by the World Health Organization. Always consult a doctor before having this.
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#7. Buttermilk or Chaas
This is a great option not only for satisfying your thirst and also for battling issues of dehydration. Buttermilk is rich in magnesium and potassium- the minerals that your body loses during dehydration. Take 3 to 4 cups of buttermilk a day if you are suffering from dehydration. 1 or 2 cups a day is good to keep you hydrated during summers. You can add ginger powder or black salt for taste. Buttermilk is not only a great way to overcome dehydration, but it is also very nutritious and can be given to babies over six months of age.
When your body is dehydrated, it loses electrolytes and yoghurt is a magical food that helps in gaining those lost electrolytes. Consume this two to three times a day. Dairy products should not be given to babies before six months of age.
#9. Chia seeds water
Chia seeds are these amazing beads that when added to water swell up 10 times their weight within minutes. This makes it for a perfect hydrating drink. Drinking chia seeds will not only rehydrate your body but also will cool it down which is great to beat the summer heat.
#10. Aloe Vera juice
The water content in an aloe vera plant is quite dense. So the intake of aloe vera juice will keep your body and skin hydrated. Aloe vera juice is also a detoxifying drink that removes all the impurities out of the body. You can buy pure aloe vera juice from the market or make one at home from the plant extracts. In a blender, add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel along with 1 cup of water. Blend till smooth and drink it.
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