What Are the Causes of Dehydration?
Every day we lose fluid and electrolytes via urine, sweat, saliva, and other bodily fluids. Usually, a normal, healthy diet will serve to replace lost electrolytes and fluid. But certain conditions or activities can lead to inadequate levels of fluid and electrolytes within our bodies. This is called dehydration.
Common causes include:
Vomiting and diarrhea (as well as stomach flu) can cause a large loss of fluid and electrolytes. Dehydration is the biggest health risk associated with vomiting and diarrhea.Learn More »
An elevated body temperature above 98° F is often accompanied by increased sweating which leads to fluid and electrolyte loss.Learn More »
Multiple medical circumstances can lead to cause dehydration, including the side effects of some medications, bowel preparation for a colonoscopy, fasting prior to medical or surgical procedures, certain chronic conditions, and pregnancy.Learn More »
Heavy sweating reduces fluid and electrolytes, which can cause mild to moderate dehydration. Did you know dehydration can impact your sports performance?Learn More »
Travelers are at risk of dehydration from traveler's diarrhea and the potentially dehydrating effects of air travel.Learn More »
DID YOU KNOW?
Activating your sodium glucose pump is a rapid way to rehydrate. Learn More »