One of the principle lessons of wellness is that you can boost your sense of wellbeing by making sure you are hydrated. Dehydration leaves you feeling tired and achy (as well as thirsty), and if you don’t take note and do something about it, it can escalate to dizziness, confusion, nausea and eventual unconsciousness.
It’s important to remain hydrated even in the course of a normal working day – many people resort to timers and alarms to remind them to drink the recommended two litres of water, as the many demands and distractions of life in an office can prevent you meeting your own needs as much as you need to. It gets more important with health conditions or activities that dehydrate you more than usual, and it’s those that we’ll be looking at today.
When you’re pregnant you’re often described as ‘eating for two’ because you need more food to share with the life growing inside you. You’re also drinking for two! When you’re pregnant, you’re constantly dehydrating faster than normal as your fluid stocks (and the nutrients and minerals dissolved in them) are being used by the growing foetus. If you experience morning sickness, you’ll also dehydrate faster and find it harder to keep down the fluids you need to rehydrate.
Dehydration during pregnancy can be a serious issue. If it’s left unchecked it can affect your health and the health of the foetus, leading to neural tube defects or even premature labour!
A neutral-tasting rehydration tablet or powder can help: these contain all the salts and minerals you’ve lost, and are neutral tasting rather than sickly-sweet like some sports drinks.
Exercise is all about pushing through physical barriers and continuing to stretch your body after you’ve hit ‘the wall’ and want to give up. Unfortunately, ignoring those psychological barriers can also lead you to ignoring the warning signs of dehydration. If you’re training on a long run or a hike in the countryside, you could get into difficulties a long way from help.
Build hydration into exercise routine, with a drink before and after, and options at hand during your workout. Again, remember you’re losing electrolytes as well as fluid and make sure you’re ready to replace those with an isotonic drink or a rehydration powder.
There are lots of ways illness can dehydrate you: a fever encourages sweating, and upset stomachs can cause vomiting and diarrhea which can both leave you dehydrated. In all cases, when you’re ill and dehydrated you’re also likely not as mentally alert as normal, so may not notice, and less physically able to fix the problem for yourself! Try to make sure you have a supply of water by your bed you can sip from, or better yet, a sports drink to give you an energy boost and a top of electrolytes.
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