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Proper Hydration Is A Must...Or Else!

Updated on April 26, 2012

Any time of year is a great time for water!

"Adam's Ale" (water) can save your life.
"Adam's Ale" (water) can save your life. | Source

Dehydration is a known killer....

As you should know, dehydration is more serious than most people might believe.

A good friend went to visit one of our neighbors this past week, knowing that the neighbor would be at home. When he called out for him he received a response, but went to check for him and found him laying on the floor unable to get up. He had not broken anything, but had collapsed from serious dehydration and is spending his third day in the hospital getting properly hydrated and cared for.

Our bodies are about 74% liquid and, when we drop much below that level, energy drops, less essential systems start shutting down, and the body works frantically to conserve what liquid remains

The summer months are ahead. Just as we now know that our skin needs to be protected, our insides need adequate water and electrolytes (especially salt) to serve us properly.

Medications and other health factors, including vigorous exercise, temperature, humidity, and other individual factors impact how much water we each need to consume.

Stay safe, secure, well-hydrated, and healthy, please. Even if you are traveling in a car, take along extra water and, if possible, keep it cool. Lives have been saved because water was available to meet not only emergency needs, but the need for routine hydration.

We live on a water planet. We don't need to leave home without it.

Symptoms of Dehydration:

Here is a link to what the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has to say about the signs and symptoms of dehydration:

Pay special attention to the signs and symptoms of dehydration in children, for their signs and symptoms vary somewhat from those for adults, especially if they are ill, vomiting, or experiencing diarrhea...all of which make them especially vulnerable to dehydration and requiring of special care and attention.

The elderly are inclined to dehydration simply because they are not as active, and they are less active in part because they don't properly hydrate! Keep water available to them, especially where they may sit much of the day. Encourage them to sip throughout the day, and be sure they are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D3, if they are not getting to go outdoors each day. Even if they do get adequate direct sunshine, and sunshine through the glass of a window doesn't count, their skin may no longer be able to generate their needed vitamin D, and should be supplemented after consulting their health professional. If you space out their medications and any supplements, you can have them drink some water with each pill or capsule, thus assuring they may have better hydration.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The days are getting hotter and summer will soon be here. Put this somewhere to remind you and yours that water isn't just for wading pools!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cherylone: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." All you have to lose are the migraines! Check with your health professional first.

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Perspycacious, thank you for the advice. I will try it, I have had migraines for 31 years and have been completely debilitated and hospitalized several times. They have me on an inhibitor but I still get them on occasion. I appreciate the advice, I hope it works as well for me.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cherylone: Staying properly hydrated takes some regular reminders, especially if you are really busy, or just excited about something you are doing. Youth tend to think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty and then they eat a fast food "snack" probably loaded with empty calories and salt...adding to their actual need for water. Do you still experince the occasional migraine? If so, buy some Feverfew capsules at a health store, and have some Advil handy. At the first inkling of the migraine take one Feverfew capsule and one Advil. It works for me and I no longer have them, if I do that promptly. Thanks for the Vote Up and the Useful. I'm sorry you had that experience. I hope this suggestion helps.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      xtremerctoys Thanks for this first visit to my Hubs. I'm glad you found it worth the trip. Weight loss prefers cold water.

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      Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Great hub and great advice. I ended up in the hospital for dehydration because I had a migraine and couldn't keep anything down. Very bad time. Voted up and useful.

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      xtremerctoys 6 years ago

      nice to know


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