Staying hydrated is critical to your overall health. Every cell of your body needs water to function properly. In fact, an adult’s body weight is 60 percent water, while that of a child is up to 80 percent water. Apart from oxygen, there is nothing your body needs more than water.
The simple cure for dehydration comes from the tap. Turn it on and drink. But there are other kitchen helpers that will keep you hydrated too.
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1. Bland Foods
If you have experienced dehydration, follow foods that are easily digested during the next 24 hours, since stomach cramps are a symptom of dehydration and may recur. Try crackers of soda, rice, bananas, potatoes and flavored gelatins. Gelatins are especially good since they are mainly made of water.
You can also start and end the day with 16 ounces of water. It is an excellent way to prevent mild dehydration.
2. Watery Fruits
Bananas have a high water content and are especially good at restoring potassium that has been broken down by dehydration. You can also try liquid fruits such as melon, watermelon and strawberries. Vegetables in water, like cucumbers, are also good.
Try adding 1 teaspoon of lime juice, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar in half a liter of water. Drink the beverage throughout the day to cure mild dehydration.
If you are experiencing symptoms of mild dehydration or heat injury, or are just sweating a lot, be sure to replace your salt. However, do not leave directly from the box. Try eating pretzels, crackers or salty nuts.
And to get rid of the dry skin that comes from dehydration, try this: after bathing and while your skin is still wet, sprinkle salt on your hands and rub it on your skin. This massage with salt will remove dry skin and soften the skin to the touch. It will also strengthen your skin and make your circulation move. Also, if your skin is the result of dehydration, soaking in a saltwater tub can be a great soothing for itchy skin. Simply add 1 cup of table salt or sea salt to the bath water. This solution will also soften the skin and relax it.
4. Sport Drinks
Not only will they add water back to their system, sports drinks will restore potassium and other essential electrolytes (a salty substance, such as potassium, sodium and chlorine found in the blood, tissue fluids and cells that carry electrical impulses). For children, these adult beverages can be too harsh, so talk to your pharmacist about pediatric rehydration drinks that are on the market.
Do not depend on sports drinks or soft drinks for all your fluid requirements. They can have side effects and calories. The pure and old water is the best option. Yogurt or cottage cheese have sodium and potassium to replace the electrolytes as well.
Suck the ice or rub it on your body when it is too hot. This will help to cool it down and avoid excess evaporation, which can lead to dehydration.
Eating a palette is a great way to restore water to your body as well. It is also an easy way to carry fluids to children.
If you drink bottled water, freeze it in the bottom of an empty bottle, then cover it with cold water when it is ready. You will have cold water ready to drink for hours. If you know you will need more than one bottle of cold water, take another full bottle, empty about an inch from the top and freeze everything. By the time the first bottle is empty, you will have plenty of cold water in the second.