Dehydration and Urinary tract infections (UTI).
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than you take in. We need water to keep our organs healthy. Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy. The climate, the amount of physical exercise you are doing (particularly in hot weather) and your diet can contribute to dehydration.
Dehydration causes your entire body to suffer. Lack of water places undue stress on the heart, immune system and kidneys. If your immune system can’t function properly, bacteria that would have otherwise been flushed out may multiply in your urinary tract.
Anyone can get UTI, but they’re particularly common in women. Some women experience them regularly (called recurrent UTIs).
You should drink plenty of fluid if you have symptoms of dehydration, such as feeling thirsty and lightheaded, or passing dark-coloured urine. It is also important to replace fluid lost after an episode of diarrhea.
This post was written by Dr Maureen Ona-Igbru.