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June 17, 2010

Tips to fight dehydration!

Dehydration is common in summer. It simply means shortage of water in the body. Every cell in your body needs water in order to function properly. An adult's body weight is 60% water, while an infant's is up to 80% water.

What are its causes? 
  • Insufficient liquid intake 
  • Excessive loss of liquids due to diarrhea 
  • sunstroke 
  • vomiting 
What are its symptoms?
  • Furious thirst
  • Loss of elasticity of skin & wrinkling
  • Diminished muscular endurance
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Tachycardia (galloping heart rate)
  • Increased body temperature
  • Extreme Exhaustion
What are the tips to combat?
  • Non-alcoholic drinks may be given in plenty.
  • Coconut water, barley water, sugarcane juice or glucose-water are the best.
  • A pinch each of sugar & salt in a cup of water.
  • Water flushes wastes from the body through urine.
  • Take Lemon water (Nimbupani) during prolonged exercise.
  • Bael fruit, Fennel seeds water (Saunf ka pani), Raw mango drink (Aam ka panna), Vetiver Syrup (Khus Sharbat) help curb appetite.
  • Plump up wrinkles with frequent fluid & seasonal vegetable.
  • Watermelon, sweet melon quench thirst.
  • Bananas are recommended for water & potassium depletion.
  • Chamomile tea has the added benefit of being a natural pain reliever so it helps relieve the stomach cramps that often accompany dehydration.
  • Decaffeinated teas are also excellent.
Warning: In severe cases of dehydration, intravenous fluids are essential & immediate hospitalization is a must!

Health Tips: 
  • Fetch 2 cups of water to boil for 2-4 minutes in a stainless steel pan (do not use aluminium) & put it aside.
  • Then add ½ tsp of whole coriander seeds,  ½ tsp, whole fennel (saunf) , two 1 inch slices of fresh ginger root & let it soak.
  • After 10 minutes strain out the spices & pour the water into a thermos flask.
  • Sip throughout the day for quenching your thirst. 

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