Water makes up 50-80% of our body weight, but an inadequate amount of fluids can negatively affect our bodily functions and daily performance. Bronchitis and other conditions can cause us to become dehydrated much quicker than usual, so when we find we’re unwell, it’s important to keep our fluid intake up.
Thirst is a symptom of dehydration, so by the time you feel parched you are likely to already be dehydrated. Other symptoms can include infrequent urination, dark urine, fatigue, dizziness and confusion.
Staying properly hydrated helps loosen congestion by thinning out the mucus that creates it. Drinking warm water encourages healing, soothes irritation, and helps break up and expel sputum.
Remember to have a drink every one to two hours. Refrain from drinking anything containing alcohol or caffeine, as this will only dehydrate you further.
When dealing with bronchitis, it’s important to get as much rest as possible. Overexertion can worsen your condition and if bronchitis remains untreated, it can develop into pneumonia. If your symptoms last longer than three weeks, you begin coughing up blood or grow feverish, make sure you consult with your doctor or a licensed physician.