As the name suggests, dehydration is a state when the body loses more fluids than it takes in. Severe diarrhea, intense exercise, very warm weather, vomiting and fever can all result in dehydration. While it doesn’t sound immediately threatening, dehydration can have very bad effects on the human body. For the elderly and in very young children, dehydration can be life-threatening.

The best way to fight dehydration is to keep it from happening in the first place. Follow these simple tips and you shouldn’t have to worry about water depletion in your body:

  • During the warmer months, drink lots of fluid. Water and natural juices are the best resources for your health.
  • Avoid intense exercise and manual labor in very warm conditions. If you really have to perform these activities, make sure you have a ready and accessible source of drinking water nearby.
  • If you’re suffering from a digestive disorder such as diarrhea or stomach flu, make sure you drink clean water frequently to replenish the fluids you lose to vomiting and frequent trips to the toilet.
  • For infants and senior citizens, make sure that they stay indoors with the AC unit on during particularly hot days. Make sure they’re frequently hydrated and aren’t sweating too much.

In some cases, dehydration can’t be helped. This is a medical emergency that needs to be addressed by professionals who have been trained to administer proper treatment.