What is Dehydration?

Causes of Dehydration

What Can Cause Dehydration?


Dehydration is commonly caused by:

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Vomiting & diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea (as well as stomach flu) causes a large loss of fluid and electrolytes.

FACT: Dehydration is the biggest health risk associated with vomiting and diarrhea.

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Prolonged heat exposure

Hot weather can lead to your body’s core temperature rising. This usually causes a higher sweat rate, resulting in fluid and electrolytes to be lost through sweat.

Prolonged heat waves can often put the health of children and seniors at risk of mild to moderate dehydration.

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Endurance exercise or prolonged physical work

Sweating heavily due to endurance exercise or prolonged physical work can lead to the loss of fluid and electrolytes, which can cause mild to moderate dehydration.

Did you know dehydration can impact your sports performance?

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Fever

Fever can affect babies, children and adults. A fever is described as an elevated body temperature above 98°F and is often accompanied by increased sweating which leads to fluid and electrolyte loss.

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Travel

Traveler’s are at risk of dehydration due to ’travelers’ diarrhea, increased physical activity (e.g hiking) and prolonged exposure to the sun. This can result in the loss of fluid and electrolytes through vomiting and diarrhea or heavy sweating).

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Clinical conditions

Various medical circumstances may result in dehydration, such as bowel preparation for a colonoscopy, fasting prior to medical or surgical procedures, pregnancy (due to reduced food and fluid intake or morning sickness) and the side effects of some medications.

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Hydralyte is a scientifically formulated rehydration product for the prevention and relief of dehydration.

It contains the correct balance of glucose and electrolytes required for rapid rehydration.

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