Electrolytes and Involuntary Dehydration
Involuntary dehydration is a phenomenon whereby despite consuming large amounts of water, our bodies struggle to rehydrate. This is in direct opposition to ‘voluntary dehydration’ where we become dehydrated by the act of not drinking enough fluid.
What causes Involuntary Dehydration?
Involuntary dehydration is usually the result of an electrolyte deficit in the body. When we sweat don’t just lose water but also essential salts known as electrolytes. Drinking large amounts of water without also replacing lost electrolytes dilutes the concentration of electrolytes in the bloodstream, creating a whole host of problems for our vital organs. In order to restore a healthy water:electrolyte balance the body expels excess water through urination, inhibiting rehydration and lowering blood plasma volume.
Diagnosing Involuntary Dehydration
Involuntary dehydration often goes undiagnosed. You can be duped into thinking you’re adequately hydrated because you’ve been drinking lots of water, are urinating frequently and your urine is running clear. This happens because low concentrations of salt in your body cause water to pass right through you without being absorbed.
All other signs point to dehydration – If despite drinking lots of water you are still thirsty and suffering many of the many symptoms that would imply dehydration (dry mouth, headaches, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, fatigue) chances are you are dehydrated. This is especially likely if you have been sweating heavily and relying on water as your sole source of hydration.
Treating Involuntary Dehydration?
Involuntary dehydration is usually caused by a lack of electrolytes. To treat it, you must replenish lost electrolytes either by consuming foods that are high in electrolytes, or by drinking an electrolyte drink such as THORZT. THORZT’s slightly hypotonic formula boosts the concentration of electrolytes in the blood, enabling your body to absorb more water and rehydrate much faster.
Preventing Dehydration with Electrolytes
To prevent dehydration you should replace lost electrolytes alongside water, throughout the day. Electrolytes can be obtained through food if you have a healthy diet. However during heavy sweat situations, electrolyte supplementation in the form of an electrolyte drink can be necessary to keep up with the body’s demand.