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Health Center: Hydration
- It is extremely important to drink adequate fluids with illnesses such as colds, flu, fever, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, etc.
- Signs of dehydration include dry mouth; dark, concentrated and scant urine; dizziness on standing.
- If you are not able to eat much, then a substantial
proportion of the fluids you drink should contain electrolytes. Examples include non-caffeinated and non-diet
sodas, apple juice, Gatorade. There are
rehydration mixes available that contain the exact balance of electrolytes that
are best for the body. You should drink
at least 2-3 liters of fluid per day.
- Vomiting complicates hydration strategies (see below).
- If you are unable to take adequate fluids by mouth, then it may be necessary to give them through an IV.