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Hydration and your body

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A hydrated body is a healthy body because, to function properly, a body depends on water.

Every cell, tissue, and organ needs water1:

  • To maintain body temperature
  • Remove waste
  • Aid digestion
  • Regulate blood pressure

 

What is Dehydration?

Water and electrolytes are essential for good health and put simply, dehydration is when your body does not have enough water and electrolytes1.

Feeling thirsty? That’s just one way your body is telling you it’s dehydrated.

  • Dehydration occurs when the body loses fluid and electrolytes faster than they are being replaced2.
  • This causes an imbalance in your body.

But your body doesn’t just lose fluid and electrolytes through things like sweating, vomiting and diarrhoea. The body also loses these through daily activities such as breathing, going to the bathroom, and even sleeping. In fact the body loses as much water when you’re asleep as it does when you’re awake1. When this happens we also lose electrolytes and minerals, which are essential in the performance of various bodily functions1.

 

Why do I need Electrolytes?

In their correct concentrations, Electrolytes are essential in functions such as3:

  • Helping the body retain fluid
  • Muscle contraction
  • Nerve conduction
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Heart function

When there’s an imbalance, your body has to make compromises that affect your ability to function at your best.

 

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are certain nutrients (or chemicals) present in your body that have many important functions3. Not only is REHIDRAT® rich in sodium and potassium, two essential electrolytes that your body needs to function, it’s scientifically formulated to deliver an optimum number of these vital electrolytes quickly, so that you can get back to being your best.

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What are the different levels of dehydration4:

Mild:

  • 4% fluid loss
  • Increased thirst

Moderate:

  • 4-6% fluid loss
  • Delayed Central Capillary Refill Time
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Mild decreased tissue turgor

Severe:

  • >/= 7% fluid loss
  • Very delayed Central Capillary Refill Time
  • Irritability
  • Reduced concious level
  • Low blood pressure 
  • Deep breathing
  • Decreased tissue turgor

References:


  1. a. b. c. d. Health Navigator New Zealand. 2014. Dehydration. Available at: http://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/d/dehydration/ (link is external) (Accessed: 3 March 2017)
  2. NHS Inform. 2013. Dehydration. Available at http://www.nhsinform.com/health-library/articles/d/dehydration/prevention (link is external). (Accessed: 3 March 2017)
  3. a. b. Nordqvist. C. 2016. What Are Electrolytes? What Causes Electrolyte Imbalance? Available at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153188.php (link is external) (Accessed: 6 March 2017)
  4. The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Dehydration. Available at: http://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guideline_index/Dehydration/ (link is external) (Accessed: 6 March 2017)