How to Get Dehydrated?

by Anthony Carter on June 21, 2011


dehydrationIf you quite fancy developing heart palpitations and collapsing to the ground then you might want to get dehydrated. These types of symptoms are something most of us will do our best to avoid, but whatever makes you happy. Just be warned though that dehydration could kill you if you let it go on long enough. We can survive without food for a long time, but we can’t live long without fluids.

What is Dehydration?

Before we go on to explain how to become dehydrated it will be a good idea to define what it is we mean. Dehydration can be described as a situation where there is more water leaving the body then there is going in. Humans are made up of 75% water so this is a situation that causes a lot of problems. We lose water when we sweat and urinate, and we can also lose it when we have diarrhea. We also lose a lot of water by breathing. If we don’t make up for the water we are losing then this will lead to dehydration. The symptoms of this can include:

  • Confusion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Light-headedness
  • Coma
  • Death

As you can see, the symptoms of dehydration can be serious so this is certainly not something normal people will want to encourage.

How to Get Dehydrated

Here are just a few possible ways that you can become dehydrated. This is actually the easiest symptom to develop and a lot of us are frequently dehydrated without even realizing it. Here are a few tips though for those who want to be deliberate about getting dehydrated.

  • Just don’t drink any fluids. This is a foolproof method of becoming dehydrated quickly. You could speed things up by also avoiding some food such as fruit as these contain a lot of water; for instance, the watermelon is almost all water.
  • Exercise until you drop. If you just keep pushing you will sweat a lot and so long as you don’t try to replace this fluid you are running towards dehydration. So throw away your water bottle and just keep on moving until you wake up in hospital.
  • If you develop diabetes then you will be a lot more likely to become dehydrated. This is because sugar in your urine attracts more water to leave the body. You can get type II diabetes by eating the wrong types of food and not exercising.
  • Get diarrhea and you will almost certainly become dehydrated. You can get this symptom by eating bad food or not washing your hands after you’ve been to the toilet. Just remember to pack plenty of toilet paper if you plan to use this method for becoming dehydrated.
  • Anything that can make you vomit will also help bring about dehydration.
  • Get drunk! Even though you are taking in a lot of fluids you actually become dehydrated because alcohol is a diuretic – that means that it makes you pee a lot more.
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