Herbal remedies for rehydration
Tips to prevent dehydration
To avoid dehydration, one should bear in mind the following tips:
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and to compensate for water lost because of sweating. It is very advisable to drink at least a couple of liters a day.
- Add some salt to the water if you are working on a very hard job and suffer from heavy sweating, unless you have high blood pressure problems.
- Do not drink your urine. It will not help you at all.
- Do not drink sea water. It does not quench your thirst an can damage your kidneys.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Avoid exercising during the scorching hours. It is more convenient to do it in the morning or in the afternoon. Old people should stay home during the hottest hours..
- Dress in light and fresh clothing: it is advisable to wear cotton clothing and protect your head with a straw hat or a cap. (This is especially useful in infants who should not be placed in the sun bareheaded) If heat is very strong, a damp cloth may be placed between the head and hat. Acrylic fibers can not perspire too well and retain heat.
- Take a break from time to time if you are doing hard physical work or exercise: Stop working for a few minutes to cool yourself in the shade. Take a rest and drink some water so that the body regains its temperature.
- If you feel dizzy, stop working or doing exercise.
- One should never do hard sports or hiking alone. At least, it is desirable to do so with someone else so that you can be helped if you need it.
Phytotherapy: Herbal remedies to treat dehydration
Medicinal plant preparations to rehydrate yourself
- Rice water: Besides stopping diarrhea, the “water of rice” will help to rehydrate us.
- Barley water: No less interesting is barley water to replenish fluids and minerals lost in dehydration processes that cause the excessive heat, fever, excess of sweat, excess of urination, etc.
- Chia water: Very refreshing and rehydrating.
- Horchata: for those who carry out a great physical wear, for sportsmen or people who require an input of energy and minerals.
- Eat foods rich in liquids: It is best to eat raw natural plant foods (salads, fruits or vegetables).
Other herbal remedies to prevent or treat dehydration
There are other causes of dehydration, apart from and excessive hot temperature. All of them are body anomalies that produce a loss of body liquids which is the real reason that leads to dehydration: they are mainly vomiting, diarrhea and diabetes.
For example; Infusions of marshmallow can serve to provide liquid to our body. On the other hand, this remedy can help to solve vomiting or diarrhea problems, that can worsen dehydration because they increase water lose.
The use of herbal medicine focuses on the use of a number of plants used to combat the following causes that lead to dehydration:
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