Too much fun in the sun

22 Sep

Dehydration is not something you normally would associate with leg cramps, but it could be a sign that you could be dehydrated. This past weekend I went to the UW football game where the weather was much hotter than usual. At the heat with a bit alcohol, and dehydration is right around the corner

What you should look for

You might be dehydrated if you feel:

  • muscle cramps
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • light-headed

What you can do to treat it

The easiest and most efficient way to treat dehydration is just drinking water. The body needs 2 – 3 liters of water everyday, and even more if you’re sweating  or exercising. Eating Jell-O or popsicle are a good way to combat dehydration as well.

When you can get it

You can get dehydrated at any point in time. Whether it be while not exercising, or just in the heat, dehydration is always a possibility. However, if you can catch it early, then it should be easy to cure fast. If you let it go untreated though, it can end with dire consequences involving the hospital or worse. So when in doubt, drink more water.

For more information check out these sites:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Aj4n5X7KWn0J:orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/legcramp.htm+Can+you+get+cramps+in+the+back+of+your+legs+from+dehydration&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

http://www.medicinenet.com/dehydration/page2

http://health.google.com/health/ref/Dehydration

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