5 things you should not do when suffering from dehydration

No spicy foods, no tea and coffee and no sitting for long in an AC room -- Here's what our expert has to say about preventing dehydration.

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As soon as you hear the word dehydration, you think of drinking water. However, staying hydrated is not the only way to prevent dehydration. In fact, staying away from certain things might help in minimising the risk of dehydration. Here are some things you need to avoid if you suffer from dehydration. With inputs from Deepshika Agarwal, a Mumbai-based dietitian and sports nutritionist.

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Eating spicy foods: Not just acidity or heartburn, eating excess of spicy foods, especially when dehydrated, leads to loss of body fluids by increasing the internal body temperature. Hence, make sure your diet is loaded with foods rich in water and not spices to deal with dehydration. Also Read - Can PCOS Be Managed Without Medicines? Explains Dr Arbinder Singal

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Sitting in an air-conditioned rooms for long hours: Have you ever thought that sitting in air conditioned room for long hours might aggravate dehydration? It is because the cool temperature steals moisture out of your body, causing dehydration. Make sure you increase your water intake to fight this problem.

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Having tea or coffee - If you are addicted to tea or coffee, then it’s time to think twice about it as it not only aids in loss of water from the body but also worsens your condition, if left unattended. Hence, replace tea and coffee with buttermilk and fresh fruit juice to fight dehydration. Also Read - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2022: 4 Signs Of Prostate Enlargement

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Physical exertion: Exercising might be relaxing for some but overexertion might land you in trouble! However, if you still want to work out, make sure you stay hydrated by taking frequent water breaks, as not doing so might lead to severe dehydration. A simple alternative can be performing yoga as it calms the mind and the body, minus physical exertion.

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Drinking alcohol: A known diuretic, drinking alcohol during dehydration might further worsen the condition as it increases the production of urine along with dehydrating the cells lining that line the Intestine and throat. Hence, up your water intake and limit alcohol consumption for quick recovery. Also Read - 5 Routine Habits That Impact Sperm Count Of Men