Dehydration transpires when you lose more fluid and electrolytes than you take in, and your body doesn’t have sufficient water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. Electrolytes are essential for our general health, as they are mineral compounds the body requires to regulate temperature and maintain a healthy fluid balance.
Dehydration may only induce minor symptoms, but it can also have a considerable effect on the body, especially for seniors and children. Severe dehydration in the elderly can be fatal and commonly leads to hospitalization. Those at the greatest risk of dehydration are individuals who do not drink a sufficient amount of water, or perspire frequently, or severely.
Dehydration can also occur as a side effect of medications, such as diuretics, and laxatives, or an effect of medical issues including diarrhea, vomiting, heat stroke, hyperglycemia, infections, or extreme workout.
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