My experience with dehydration
This week, I thought I’d change things up and talk about my personal experience with dehydration. If you’ve been reading our blogs over the past couple of months, you’ll be able to understand why I went through what I did. You’ll also know what you can do to ensure what happened to me doesn’t happen to you or your loved ones either.
A trip to Fiji
A few years ago, I headed to Fiji for a holiday with my family. As I’m sure you’re well aware of, Fiji has hot temperatures with high humidity levels, especially during the summer. I was walking across a bridge with my family. While walking across, I felt a bit dizzy but passed it off as nothing to worry about.
This was my first sign of dehydration, but I wasn’t aware of the signs of dehydration at the time. As our summer blog touched on, 80% of Australians suffer from symptoms of dehydration but most aren’t aware of the key symptoms1. I was part of the 80% at the time.
When dehydration hits
So my dehydration symptoms started to take a greater toll on me and I got very dizzy. Everything in front of my eyes started to become hazy. I felt like I was suffocating as I couldn’t breathe normally anymore. As all these dehydration symptoms occurred, I fell over and cut my leg open on a ledge next to where I was walking. I can’t remember if I felt any pain but I remember seeing the blood. I remember trying really hard to fight the dizziness off. I slowed my breathing down and tried to get back up (which was really difficult). After I got back up, I immediately drank some water but I still didn’t feel 100%.
A lesson learned
This was a terrifying experience, especially since I didn’t know what was wrong with me at the time. Things could have been so much worse for me and I count myself very lucky. I could have been walking down stairs, driving or even holding something/someone. As I’ve come to learn now, there are things that I can do now to prevent this happening to me in the future.
Dehydration can occur in various situations. Hot weather conditions, excessive alcohol consumption and sweat-inducing activities are only a few of these situations. With summer just about to hit Australia, I’m expecting more cases of dehydration.
So what did I do after to stop this happening again? I originally started with sports drinks, as that’s what I knew best. They tasted good and helped to restore my lost electrolytes. However, what I didn’t know at the time was that sports drinks had high amounts of added sugar which could lead to weight gain and tooth decay2.
I also attempted to drink 2L of water per day. I would make sure that I always had a bottle of water on me so that I could always hydrate whenever I had symptoms of dehydration. I thought that this was enough and that there was no other solution, even though I didn’t always feel 100% after drinking water.
Oral Rehydration Solutions
I then started working at NBI and learned about oral rehydration solutions. These solutions help to prevent and cure dehydration. In fact, a study was completed in 2014 which established oral rehydration solutions as the most effective drink at maintaining fluid balance due to its high macronutrient and electrolyte contents3. I was then informed about BIOLyte and the rehydration benefits that it could bring. I learned that BIOLyte’s formula helps to restore lost water and electrolytes. It also contains glucose, which absorbs sodium and water, to provide rapid rehydration. Ever since then, I’ve been drinking BIOLyte while working outside in the heat and before having alcohol. BIOLyte has nice flavours, so they’re enjoyable to drink.
I’ve been encouraging all my family and friends to switch to oral rehydration solutions. There are quite a few options out there so you’ll have access to a variety of flavours and different rehydration benefits. With summer just around the corner, I’d highly recommend stocking up on some oral rehydration solutions.
What’s your story?
This is just my story and I’d be keen to hear yours too. Feel free to leave a comment about your story and the methods you take to prevent dehydration.
- Sunshine Coast Daily 2016, 80% of Australians suffer effects of dehydration, <https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/80-australians-suffers-effects-dehydration/2934133/>
- Commonwealth of Australia 2014, How much sugar is in what we drink?, Canberra, <http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/sugar-drinks-toc~sugar-drinks-3-fact-sheets~sugar-drinks-factsheet-3-3-sugar-what-drink>
- Maughan et al. 2016, A randomized trial to assess the potential of different beverages to affect hydration status: development of a beverage hydration index, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 3, 1 March 2016, pages 717–723.