Dehydration happens when you lose more fluids than you take in, and the symptoms can be quite complex. Learn how to make your own homemade electrolyte beverage.
Every day you lose fluids in the form of urine and sweat, and every day you replace the lost fluids by eating and drinking. Normally, your body keeps everything in very careful balance, replacing the amount of water it uses up.
Certain minerals, like sodium, potassium, and chlorine, are also involved in the process of maintaining the balance of fluids. Continue reading to learn the things you need to know about dehydration: its causes and symptoms, and natural ways to treat the symptoms.
You may get dehydrated by not drinking enough or by losing more bodily fluids than normal. The imbalance of fluids results in dehydration. It can happen very gradually or suddenly, depending on how the fluids are eliminated and your age.
- Small children and babies are at higher risk of dehydration because their bodies are smaller and they have smaller liquid reserves.
- Older children and teens can handle imbalances better.
Causes of dehydration
- Drinking too much alcohol. After all, alcohol is a diuretic; it stimulates your urinary system. It also comes along with bad headaches, a sign of dehydration.
- Diabetes. When your blood sugar is high for a long period of time, your kidneys start to remove glucose via urine, which means less fluid in your body.
- Excessive blood loss, or hypovolemia.
- Diarrhea and vomiting due to anything from the stomach flu to yellow fever. It takes fluids out of your body, leading to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
Symptoms of dehydration
- Agitation, irritability, sleepiness
- Cold or sweaty skin
- Low energy, weakness
- Lack of tears when crying
- Sticky, dry mouth and tongue
- Lowered urine output, absence of urination for 8 to 12 hours, or dark-colored urine.
Homemade electrolyte beverage
How to drink it
Drink this homemade electrolyte beverage the same day you make; sip it throughout the day. If you are vomiting and experiencing diarrhea, pay attention to how much fluid you’re losing and be sure to drink enough to replace it.
Why to drink it
This homemade electrolyte beverage is meant to treat dehydration by replacing the water and electrolytes lost due to vomiting and diarrhea. These are common symptoms of illnesses like gastroenteritis and dengue fever. You can drink it no matter your age, and it can even be used with pets if necessary.
When you’re dehydrated, a diet based on water, tea, juice, and coconut water is a good diet. Electrolyte drinks are helpful, and if you don’t have any available, you can make your own. In fact, they’re easy to make.
How to make a homemade electrolyte beverage
- 4 cups of water (1 liter)
- The juice of 3 lemons
- 1 teaspoon of salt (5 g)
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda (3 g)
- 2 tablespoon of sugar (30 g)
- First of all, put the water on to boil.
- When it starts boiling, let it sit for 10 minutes and then pour it into a container.
- Add the lemon juice, salt, and baking soda. Sweeten with the sugar.
- Mix well, ensuring that the sugar dissolves completely. It’s now ready to sip over the course of the day.
You can store this homemade electrolyte beverage in the refrigerator for a maximum of 24 hours. If there are leftovers after sipping it during the day, throw it out and make a new batch. It’s so easy to make your own electrolyte drink, so get going and feel better sooner.