What Should You Do When You Are Dehydrated?

Dr. Amarjeet Bhatia    15-06-2021 Consult

Dehydration occurs when the body has lost more fluids than it needs. Dehydration could be considered as mild, moderate, or severe depending on how much fluids have been lost. 

Below are natural ways to treat dehydration :

1. Buttermilk

Buttermilk is prepared with curd, water, salt, and spices. It possesses high amounts of electrolytes (zinc, potassium, and calcium) which aid in fighting dehydration. To make your buttermilk solution, add two tablespoons of yogurt in a cup of water and some salt. Consume this remedy 1-2 times a day.

2. Take More Water

Water helps to flush out the toxins from your body. Some of the red flags that your body is dehydrated include a sticky mouth, thirst, muscle cramps, headache, and dark urine. When you notice any of these signs, you should take lots of water.

3. Bananas

When your body is dehydrated, potassium is lost too. Since bananas are rich in this important mineral, they can treat mild dehydration. To replenish lost fluids and electrolytes in your body, take a banana alongside your meals. You should also include a banana in your infant's diet.

4. Coconut Water

Coconut water is free from fat, has low calories, and most importantly has more potassium than a banana. If you are doing a strenuous or a moderate exercise, a coconut can help to rehydrate your body. To combat dehydration, drink coconut water as part of your everyday regimen.

5. Eat Yogurt

Yogurt has electrolytes which help to treat diarrhea, heartburn, and vomiting. Furthermore, it has high levels of potassium and sodium which helps to relieve dehydration. To keep your body rehydrated, eat natural yogurt every day. Alternatively, you can eat boiled rice with some yogurt.

6. Apple Juice

Apple juice is commonly used by pediatricians to treat gastroenteritis in children. Also, apple juice has large amounts of magnesium and potassium which aid in restoring fluids lost during dehydration. If your child (above 6 months) has diarrhea or is vomiting, you should give them diluted apple juice. The juice can also be consumed by adults.