Importance Of Hydration
If you’ve been vaping for a while then you might’ve noticed that vaping can cause dehydration. But this isn’t common knowledge and there are plenty of vapers unaware that vaping might be the reason they’re feeling thirstier than usual.
Dehydration is what happens when we lose more water than we’re taking in. Water is an important part of our bodies, it flushes out toxins and keeps us healthy. Without enough water, our bodies stop functioning properly and in extreme cases it can lead to seizures, brain damage and even death.
Fortunately, dehydration is easy to deal with. But if you ignore it or don’t recognise the symptoms then it can be a real problem.
Vaping can cause our bodies to use more liquid than usual, which means vapers can be prone to dehydration. So, it’s important for us to understand dehydration, recognise the symptoms and know how to prevent or treat this problem.
Signs Of Dehydration
Dehydration comes with a variety of warning signs that vapers should look out for. It can be easy to dismiss these symptoms or mistake them for something else like anaemia, diabetes or lack of sleep.
Thirsty and lightheaded
Thirst and lightheadedness are two of the most obvious signs of dehydration. Our bodies need a constant supply of water and will crave more if we’re running low. Different foods as well as activities like vaping or exercise can dehydrate quicker than we realise and we’ll need to drink more than usual to compensate.
E-liquids with high PG can attract water molecules when vaped, drawing the liquid out of our saliva and leaving us with dry mouths. Our bodies can replace saliva easily enough, so this isn’t a problem as long as we stay well hydrated.
Tiredness is another symptom of dehydration that’s easy to miss. There are a lot of reasons why our bodies can become tired including exercise and diet, so we might not realise that dehydration is the reason we’re feeling worn out.
Passing dark, amber or honey-coloured, strong-smelling urine is one of the most obvious symptoms of dehydration. The darker the urine, the more dehydrated our bodies are becoming. But remember that other conditions can cause dark urine, so keep that in mind if drinking extra water doesn’t help.
Passing urine less often
Another sign of dehydration is needing to urinate less frequently. If you’ve noticed a change in how often you urinate then dehydration could be the cause.
Finally, dry eyes can be caused by dehydration. If your eyes are feeling tight or sore, it could be that you’re not drinking enough water.
Causes Of And Cures For Dehydration
The simplest cause of dehydration is not drinking enough. It’s common knowledge these days that we need around eight glasses of water each day and not drinking enough is bad for our bodies. But there are other factors that affect how likely we are to become dehydrated.
Hot weather, exercise, vaping or a diet that’s high in salt or sugar can contribute to dehydration. And illnesses like fever or stomach bugs can also lead to dehydration. Anyone can become dehydrated, it doesn’t matter how old you are or how frequently you exercise, our bodies are delicate machines and it can be easy to end up short of water.
There are plenty of things we can do to reduce the risk of becoming dehydrated and to solve the problem when we’ve recognised the symptoms.
The effect that vaping has on hydration varies depending on how frequently you vape and what blend of PG/VG you prefer. Some vapers will only need to drink an extra glass of water a day to keep themselves topped up, but others may want to try other routes to help stay healthy.
Drink hydrating liquids
Staying hydrated is the simplest way to avoid dehydration and there are a variety of drinks that are great a keeping our bodies topped up with water. Fruit juice, diluted squash and water are some of the most effective.
Exercise, vaping and the weather can affect how much water our bodies need, so be prepared to drink more if you increase the amount you exercise or vape.
Eat hydrating foods
Our diets can also affect dehydration. Fruits like grapefruit, oranges, peaches, pineapples, raspberries and watermelon are high in water. And many vegetables can help keep us hydrated too, like cabbage, celery, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and zucchini.
Cut back on dehydrating food and drink
While some foods and drinks are great at helping us stay hydrated, some make it harder for our bodies to maintain the right level of water. Drinks with caffeine, like cola, tea or coffee can make it harder to stay well hydrated.
Alcoholic drinks also make it difficult for our bodies to absorb water. Drinking more alcohol means that our bodies lose water faster than normal, increasing the risk of dehydration. Drinking extra water can help counter the dehydrating effect of alcohol.
In addition to caffeine and alcohol, food and drinks that contain high levels of sugar or salt can also lead to dehydration.
Cut back on high PG e-liquids
E-liquids with high levels of PG are the main cause of dehydration when vaping. Vapour with PG draws some of the moisture out of our mouths and noses, creating the feeling of dry mouth and increasing the risk of dehydration. Vapers can drink more water to counter the effect or try switching to e-liquids with less PG.
One More Thing
Vaping isn’t the only cause of dehydration, but it can be easy to overlook if we don’t recognise the symptoms. Dehydration can be a serious and even deadly condition, so it’s worth taking care of our water intake.
Preventing and treating dehydration can be as easy as drinking more frequently and making sure we avoid too many foods and drinks with high levels of salt, sugar, caffeine or alcohol. So, vapers need to be aware of dehydration and be prepared to drink more water to counter the effect.