Dehydration · 9 January 2013

For some reason, it is easy to get dehydrated.

Sometimes we get dehydrated by exercising too much and sometimes we get dehydrated just because of life. I know that I just get busy sometimes. And even though I have water with me all the time, I still forget to drink it. Part of it is because I do not have many opportunities to use the facilities during the day, so I subconsciously decide not to drink any fluids. And part of it is that I tend to guzzle water when I drink it. I often down a whole 20-ounce bottle at one time. Instead of doing that during the day and needing to rush from my classroom in dire straits, I sometime stay away from fluids for too long. That leads to dehydration.

Besides feeling thirsty, the easiest way to know when you are somewhat dehydrated is when your urine is a dark yellow color. Conversely, when you are drinking enough fluids, your urine should be mostly clear. We need to do this easy monitoring so that we can avoid the detriments of dehydration like unclear thinking.

Obviously, the best way to stay hydrated is to drink water. I like to keep water with me all the time, but like I said, I sometimes do not drink enough of it. Since we can think more clearly when we are well hydrated than when we are not, the dehydration cycle feeds itself. We are thirsty when we are already somewhat dehydrated and then, since we are not thinking as clearly, we do not drink even though we are thirsty and we get more dehydrated so we cannot think as clearly so we do not drink anything… The cycle continues until we get enough water back into our systems.

It should be easy for everybody to drink enough water during the day to keep from getting dehydrated. And we have an easy monitoring system. But whether it is just because life is keeping us busy or for some other reason, it seems to be easy to get dehydrated.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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