Dehydration and Prostatitis
Dehydration is the loss of water and electrolytes that are necessary for the body to function normally. You can become dehydrated when your body loses more fluids than you consume. When a man becomes dehydrated, urine tends to stay in the bladder long, raising the risk for bladder infection. One cause of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is bladder infections.
The body constantly loses water through urine, feces, sweat, and breath, and the more a person weighs, the more water is lost. Mild dehydration, which is defined as water loss that equals about 1% of body weight, can cause symptoms such as headache, dulled thinking, lightheadedness, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Thirst usually prompts people to drink when water loss reaches about 2% of body weight.
Many people don’t realize they are mildly and chronically dehydrated. To decide how much water you should consume to avoid dehydration, a general rule of thumb is to take your weight in pounds, divided by 2, and the result is the amount of water in ounces you should get each day. Therefore, a man who weighs 180 pounds should get 90 ounces of water daily. More water may be necessary if you are exercising vigorously and/or the temperature is high.
Men who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables may get about half their water from these foods. Beverages that cause excessive urination, such as those that contain caffeine or artificial sweeteners, as well as alcohol, should be avoided or limited to help prevent dehydration. Use of diuretics also causes excessive loss of water and can result in dehydration. Natural prostatitis treatments such as diet and Dr. Geo’s prostatitis health program can help you prevent dehydration and support prostate health.
Water helps eliminate toxins, including the byproducts of metabolism as well as those the body takes in from the environment. The water you drink should be pure and free from chemicals. Use containers that are BPA-free, as BPA (Bisphenol A) is a toxin that can seep from plastic into your water. You can read more about BPA in relation to chemicals and food additives.