The Importance of Staying Hydrated When You Are Sick
Posted on June 18, 2019 | Author and Reviewed by: Mark Ernest Del Rosario, RPh
Why is staying hydrated important when you are sick?
- High fever leads to dehydration
- Mucus is made of vital bodily fluids
- Vomiting and diarrhea expel more liquids
- Increased breathing removes moisture
- How to stay hydrated when you are sick
When you’re sick with the cold or the flu, your body overproduces fluids for a number of reasons, leaving your body dehydrated. Ito ay maaaring dahil sa labis na pagpapawis dulot ng mataas na lagnat o sa sobrang produksyon ng mucus. Make sure to consume lots of liquids and pair them with cold and flu medicine to get better as fast as possible.
Read on to learn more about the importance of staying hydrated when you are sick.
High Fevers Lead to Dehydration
Ang dehydration ay nangyayari kapag mas marami ang tubig na lumalabas sa katawan mo kaysa sa tubig na pumapasok. Kapag mayroon kang mataas na lagnat, mas umiinit ang iyong katawan. Ito ang magiging dahilan ng iyong pagpapawis. This is due to an increase in your metabolism, which makes you lose more water in a shorter period of time.
Besides high fevers, you can also experience a stuffy or runny nose while you are sick. This is because of the overproduction of mucus.
Mucus Are Made of Vital Bodily Fluids
Ang sipon at plema ay gawa sa mucus. The substances you often expel when you are sick are composed of vital bodily fluids. Mucus prevents your nose from drying out and prevents viruses from entering the body while you are already sick. However, mucus is also quickly expelled from the body, and can drain you of your important bodily fluids faster. Uminom ng maraming tubig para mapalitan ang sobrang produksyon ng mucus sa iyong katawan.
If not treated fast enough, high fevers and stuffy noses can lead to more intense symptoms.
Vomiting and Diarrhea Expel More Liquids
Para sa mga makakaranas ng mas malalang kondisyon, pwede kang magsuka at magtae. This is dangerous, especially if it happens too often. You may start to feel weak — a common indication that you do not have enough electrolytes in your body. Uminom ng mas maraming tubig at mga inumin na may electrolyte replacement upang masolusyonan ito.
Take note of how often you expel liquids. If it lasts after a few days, consult your doctor.
Increased Breathing Removes Moisture
An increased metabolism also leads to quicker breathing. Faster breathing due to increased heart rate leads to more moisture exiting the body. This is important to observe in children because they have faster metabolisms than adults. When they are sick, their metabolism becomes even faster, leading to higher possibilities of dehydration.
How to Stay Hydrated When You Are Sick
Signs of dehydration to take note of are dry mouth and dizziness. Kung nararamdaman mo ang mga sintomas na ito, upang hindi mawalan pa ng mas madaming tubig sa katawan ay ugaliing uminom ng tubig at magpahinga. Maraming paraan ang pwede mong gawin para ibalik ang mga nawalang tubig sa iyong katawan.
Consuming different kinds of liquids can help you in different ways. Some can help prevent the formation of mucus, while others can just replace some vital nutrients lost. Here are few tips to stay hydrated while you are sick.
- Drink lots of water, but not too much
- Consume Vitamin C to boost immune system
- Try soups and broths to replenish protein and minerals
- Drink electrolyte replacement drinks
- Relax your body with some herbal tea
Prevent dehydration by drinking lots of liquids and constantly taking cold and flu medicine to beat your sickness. Let your body rest and try not to push yourself too far to prevent expelling any more liquids than you need. Do not let yourself get dehydrated as it can lead to even more complications. Pansinin ang pakiramdam at kapag mas lumala, magpatingin na sa propesyonal na doktor.