Causes Of Dehydration

In this Section:
Water Funtion in the Body
Causes of Dehydration
Symptoms of Dehydration
Prevention of Dehydration
Fluid Retention
Sodium and Potassium

  • Not enough fluid intake
  • Illness – fever, sweating, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Diuretics – deplete water, electrolytes (sodium, potassium) and minerals
  • Laxative abuse with diarrhea – You lose lots of fluids and electrolytes but still absorb more than 90% of the calories
  • Hot weather and sweating
  • Exercise and sweating – adequate fluid intake and blood volume are necessary to sweat and to
    carry away heat from hot muscles
  • Caffeine – acts as a diuretic to increase quantity of urine
  • Alcoholic beverages – alcohol acts as a diuretic. You also need 8 oz of water to help metabolize 1 oz of alcohol
  • A starvation diet or inadequate carbohydrates can cause dehydration even if you drink adequate fluids
  • Diets high in protein, salt, or fiber

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