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Why do bones and muscles get impacted due to dehydration in summer? Expert explains

The heat is affecting the entire body. Bones are also drying up due to lack of water. There is pain and cramps in the muscles. If you are also facing this problem, then know the ways to avoid it.

Written By: Kristina Das @ New Delhi Published on: May 24, 2024 17:36 IST
bones and muscles get impacted by dehydration in summer
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The mercury is skyrocketing in Delhi NCR. The temperature is crossing 45 degrees, due to which people are falling ill. Due to the heat, the problem of fatigue, muscle pain and dehydration is increasing. Every day 20 to 30 percent of the patients coming to Noida District Hospital are suffering from heat-related problems.  

Anurag Sagar, the senior doctor of Noida District Hospital, says that due to sun and heatstroke, the flexibility of muscles is decreasing. This causes severe cramps and sometimes pain. This is also called muscle cramps. Due to drinking less water and dehydration in the body, bones are also drying up. Due to this people may have pain below the knees, shoulders, elbows and neck.

Heat affects bones and muscles

When the temperature outside the body becomes much higher than the temperature inside, sweating occurs. This disturbs the balance of electrolytes in the body. In such a situation, pain starts in the muscles and bones. If you want to avoid this problem, you should drink plenty of water and other liquid diets. Avoid going out in the sun during the afternoon. Increase the amount of healthy things like fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Cases of heat stroke are on the rise

According to doctors, these days a lot of patients are coming to the hospital with heat exhaustion. They are facing problems like fatigue, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, nervousness, fainting, headache and stomach cramps. To avoid this problem, you must drink at least 3 litres of water throughout the day. 

How to keep your body hydrated

Keeping your body hydrated is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being. To ensure that you are properly hydrated, there are a few simple steps you can take. First and foremost, make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, but the exact amount may vary based on factors such as age, activity level, and climate. Additionally, incorporate hydrating foods into your diet, such as fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. It is also important to avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol, as these can contribute to dehydration. If you are engaging in physical activity or spending time in the sun, be sure to drink even more water to replace what is lost through sweat. Finally, pay attention to signs of dehydration, such as thirst, dark urine, and dry skin, and take immediate steps to rehydrate if necessary.

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