How do you Get Dehydrated?

fitness-homeAvoid Dehydration: Learn to Recognize the Conditions that Contribute to It

Through activities of daily living, the average person loses about 3-4 liters (about 10-15 cups) of fluid a day in sweat, urine, exhaled air and bowel movement. What is lost must be replaced by the water/ fluid we drink and the food we eat.

We lose approximately 1-2 liters of water just from breathing. The evaporation of sweat from the skin accounts for 90% of our cooling ability.

Common causes of increased water loss :

  • Exercise
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Heat
  • Altitude

Even though we are all at risk of dehydration the human beings most vulnerable are infants, elderly adults, and athletes. They are either not able to adequately express their thirst sensation or able to detect it and do something in time.