HealthDehydration mistaken for ageing. How to prevent it with high-water foods and drinks

Dehydration mistaken for ageing. How to prevent it with high-water foods and drinks

The symptom can be seen on the face. Pay attention to these warning signs.
The symptom can be seen on the face. Pay attention to these warning signs.
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6:48 PM EST, January 15, 2024

Visible skin deterioration, loss of skin elasticity, and hollowed-out eyes can be result of bodily dehydration.

Other signs of dehydration are:

- Dryness in the mouth, throat, and tongue

- A decrease in urine excretion

- Feelings of fatigue and sleepiness

- Loss of appetite

- Experiencing dizziness and headaches

- Having a bloated stomach

- Experiencing anxiety and mood swings

- A decrease in physical performance

Neglecting these signs, that is, not hydrating properly with water, hydration salts (available at pharmacies for severe cases), or the proper food, can lead to an increased heart rate and decrease in blood pressure, and eventually, neurological disorders. Hence, it's crucial not to ignore dehydration.

Combating Dehydration

The correct quantity of water intake is the key to maintaining proper hydration and restoring skin elasticity. Two liters a day, approximately half a gallon, is the absolute minimum.

Bear in mind that beverages such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, and alcohol can increase fluid loss due to their diuretic effect. If you consume these, remember to increase your water intake to compensate for the fluid loss.

Those who aren't fond of drinking plain water can enhance their hydration with a proper diet made up of fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and Vegetables with High Water Content

Nutritionists suggest consuming fruits and vegetables with a high water content; ideally, those where water comprises at least 80% of the composition.

These comprise tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons, grapefruits, melons, peaches, raspberries, pineapples, cucumbers, squashes, and radishes.

However, it's worth noting that the aforementioned fruits won't achieve the desired effect if they're processed or supplemented with sugar or salt.

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