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Dehydration after Surgery

Posted by Karey Colyer

Having surgery is very hard on our bodies, even if it's a fairly easy surgery.  Anesthesia has lasting affects and is always has its risks.  When recovering from surgery, it's important to stay hydrated and well rested.  Most of us have unintentional chronic dehydration (UCD) and we don't even know it.

When a person suffers from a chronic illness such as colds, it's actually just a signal that our body is thirsty.  However, most of us don't look to water as medicine.  We just drink becauseGlass of water we are thirsty and we need to drink.  Imagine when you get a raging cold and your nose is running like crazy...what comes to mind?  To stop it with OTC medicine...or to drink water?

Lack of water leads to dehydration.  It is a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions.  Most of us are not aware that even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.  The brain must be kept hydrated at all times.  So the body, when it is lacking water, will do everything possible to keep supplying adequate water to the brain.  This involves limited the loss of water in other areas of the body.  Simply breathing causes the loss of a significant quantity of water each and every day, depending on the climate in which you live and your level of physical exercise.  If you are experiencing chronic dehydration from not drinking enough water, or from drinking water-depleting drinks such as coffee, beer or beverages containing sugar, you body tries to prevent respiratory water loss by producing histamines which close off the capillaries in your lungs.  Through the constriction of these capillaries, water loss is reduced.  But of course breathing is made far more difficult.  It is important to understand that the body is doing this on purpose.  

If you are constantly feeling tired, if you are chronically sick...you may be dehydrated!!

You may think you drink a lot of water, or that you don't feel thirsty.  The dehydrated state is beyond that thirsty feeling.  

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