How To Avoid Dedhyrdration In Summer

How to avoid dehydration in summerSummer is almost here and if dehydration is not avoided, it can make you feel really low. Water makes up about 70% of our body’s total fluids and so it’s obvious that many important functions are taken care by water. Water transports nutrients between calls and regulates body’s temperature. It also cleans your system and washes off harmful toxins from your body. So it’s imperative to maintain optimum levels of water in the body to help it function smoothly.

Dehydration occurs as our body loses fluids naturally and does not get replenished immediately. We lose fluids during our routine activities, through sweating and by attending nature’s call. There is a faster loss of water during sports based activities. The lost fluids get replenished when we drink water and also our body absorbs water from the food.

Our body always communicates with us through certain signs and when there is a need for water you naturally feel thirsty.When you ignore the thirst the process of dehydration sets in. Your body continues to use the available water inside the body thus further depleting your fluid levels. Children are more affected by dehydration as when they are playing, they pay less attention to their thirst and carry on until they start feeling dizzy and sometimes even faint.

Daily recommended water intake is 2 liters, but it differs according to the body size, geography, occupation and your routine activities. The best way to beat dehydration by listening what your body is telling you and acting on it immediately.

Signs your body tells you that you are dehydrating:

  • Dry lips – You wipe your tongue over them again and again
  • Dizziness – You feel like you want to sit down and getting up is difficult
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dark yellow colored urine in less amount than usual

What you can do to avoid dehydration:  

  • Carry a water bottle wherever you go. Refill the bottle when you get an opportunity. This is a must for people who stay in high humidity regions
  • Have plenty of fruits like watermelon, sweet lime and oranges before you head out on a sunny day
  • Wear loose, light-colored cotton clothes and pure cotton undergarments.
  • Drink water at regular intervals and avoid fizzy drinks, colas and coffee.
  • Eat light but at regular intervals

If you are working out in the gym, be it weights or cardio, make sure you have water between sets or repetitions depending on the intensity of your workouts. If you feel already dehydrated and if you are feeling dizzy, then have as much as water as you can and discontinue your workout for that day. You won’t get immediately powered up by water. You body will take time to replenish fluids. It’s best to carry electrolytic drinks for if you sweat a lot during workout. If you over do workout even after feeling dehydrated then you may get muscle cramps, feel extremely exhausted any you may even faint.

Dehydration is not to be taken lightly at all as once the exhaustion sets in, it’s very difficult to get rid of it until you get a proper sleep. It may spoil your lovely evening with your family or your date or a nasty night out with friends. So avoid dehydration and stay cool this summer.

References:  wikihowdukehealth

Can Bee Sting Venom Kill HIV?

Can bee sting venom Kill HIV?Can honey bee sting venom be possibly be the answer to the dreadful disease AIDS (caused by HIV) faced by mankind? A recent research carried out in Washington University at St.Louis it was found that, nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy HIV. The surrounding cells (human cells) seem to remain unaffected by this nanoparticle – toxin combination.

A lot of research has been carried out on bee sting venom for arthritis and multiple sclerosis but this research is really a breakthrough in tackling HIV. This primary use of this finding will be more on prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A vaginal gel can be made which will kill HIV as soon as it comes in contact with it.

The bee venom contains a potent toxin called “melittin” which is loaded on the nanoparticles along with protective bumpers. The melittin when comes in contact with HIV they break the protective membrane of the virus which is an important step to initiate killing of the virus. The bumpers provide a good protection to the surrounding human cells as they make the nanoparticle – toxin combination to bounce off the human cells as the human cells are larger in size. HIV is much smaller that the nanoparticle – toxin complex and thus it fits between the space of bumpers and nanoparticle where the toxin melittin fuses with the surface of HIV and ruptures the envelope.

According to Dr.Joshua L. Hood, MD, PhD, who co-authored this research, most anti-HIV drugs stop the replication of the virus and they do anything to stop the initial infection and some strains of the virus always find a way around these drugs and start replicating again.This new study targets the inherent physical property of the HIV and theoretically there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that. This research can also be aimed at other viruses that cause Hepatitis B and C as these viruses also share the same kind of protective envelope. This research can be a boon to couples where one of the partners is HIV infected and they want to have a baby.

The use of bee venom to kill HIV is great scientific breakthrough and we hope that this technology will see the light in the form of a product in the near future.

Reference: news.wustl.edu