With Summer sunshine beating down on us and temperatures rising, our Stoke Chiropractor at City Chiropractic Clinic thought it was a good time to remind everyone the importance of keeping our bodies hydrated. This reminder is especially important for babies, children, people with long term health conditions and the elderly who are at greater risk of dehydration.
Whilst dehydration can occur more easily if you have been in the sun too long and not replaced lost fluids, it can also occur if you have:
- Been exercising and sweated a lot
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- A high temperature of 38c or more
- Been taking diuretics
- Drunk too much alcohol
Approximately two third of our body is made up of water and it plays a vital role in many of the body’s functions including:
- Controlling body temperature
- Removing waste products
- Acting as a lubricant and shock absorber in joints and
- And many other critical functions.
Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluids than are taken in. Whilst maintaining a good hydration level in the body is important, the signs of dehydration can be easily missed. If dehydration is not treated, it can get worse and cause serious problems.
How to check if you are dehydrated?
Common symptoms of dehydration in adults include:
- Feeling thirsty
- Dry mouth or bad breath
- Dry eyes and lips
- Dark yellow urine often with a strong smell
- Infrequent peeing
- Constipation and other digestive problems
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
Severe dehydration in adults
Severe dehydration can occur when dehydration is left untreated. If severe dehydration occurs medical attention should be sought immediately. Severe dehydration symptoms include:
- A weak pulse or a rapid pulse
- A low level of consciousness
- Seizures (fits)
How to reduce the risk of becoming dehydrated
The best way to reduce the risk of becoming dehydrated is to ensure you keep your body well hydrated throughout the day by taking in sufficient fluids. Drinking water throughout the days helps. However, you can also take in fluids from other drinks such as tea, coffee, milk and fruit juices and also from food such as fruit and vegetables.
Drink fluids when you do feel any symptoms of dehydration.
Check the colour of your urine and drink more fluids if it is not a pale clear colour.
If you are experiencing sickness or diarrhoea and losing too much fluid you will need to replace the sugar, salts and minerals that your body has lost. The NHS recommends that you consult a pharmacist who can recommend hydration sachets that you can mix with water and drink to help replace what your body has lost.
How much fluid to drink
The volume of fluid each adult needs to drink will vary depending on their health, age, size, weight, activity levels, type of job they do, health conditions they live with and the climate they live in. In the UK, the NHS recommends adults consume around 6-8 glasses of water a day. However, this should be increased if you are undertaking exercise or the weather is hot.
Could dehydration be causing your back pain?
A healthy spine, as with other areas of the body relies on being well hydrated. If the spine becomes dehydrated it can create problems which can lead to back pain.
If you are suffering back pain, our chiropractors at City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke are here to help you. Your will receive expert diagnosis and care from our experienced and caring team of chiropractors who will take your back pain seriously and spend the required time with you to find the cause of your pain and determine the best treatment specifically for you.
You can book an appointment with one of our team by calling our clinic on 01782 848 184 or you can book an appointment online at our website here.