Dehydration is sometimes experienced by ego ecig users and people who vape in general. Some beginner vapers start with a vape starter kit and realize that they are starting to get extra thirsty or dry eyes and have no idea why. It is fairly simple to avoid getting dehydrated, but in case you ignore the need to remain hydrated when you are vaping, it might eventually lead to health issues, as everybody knows it’s not good to be continually dehydrated.
The issue of dehydration can arise more often with people who use e juice blends that are PG (Propylene Glycol) dominant. Many times e juice will be a blend of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, with some blends being dominant in one or the other. For example you can have 30% propylene glycol and 70% vegetable glycerin. Or you can also have 70% propylene glycol and 30% vegetable glycerin, which would be a propylene glycol dominant e juice blend. Sometimes you can also find a 100% propylene glycol or 100% vegetable glycerin, it just all depends on the preference of the user and whether the company makes these different blends. The most common and probably the most universally preferred blend is 50% propylene glycol and 50% vegetable glycerin, or somewhere close in that vicinity.
Why does propylene glycol potentially cause dehydration?
When comparing PG (Propylene Glycol) with VG (Vegetable Glycerin), everything depends on the chemistry of the substances – namely the molecular characteristics. Propylene Glycol is a substance that tends to bind/ hold water. The PG present in the e juice can extract the water from your mouth, nose and eyes. If you vape frequently and regularly, you may begin to experience dehydration from PG in your ejuice.
Some people notice dehydration with propylene glycol, some people won’t. Since everybody’s biological makeup is different, different people also have varying sensitivities to propylene glycol. For some it may not affect them at all, while for others they may get dehydrated or dry eyes or some type of symptom of dehydration.
Vaping Dehydration Symptoms
Other factors like the temperature, diet, the humidity level and the level of activity of an individual will influence the dehydration level in your body. There is a possibility that you already know about these vaping dehydration symptoms, but here are the most common signs you are dehydrated from vaping or just in general:
- Feeling Thirsty: this is probably the number one symptom of dehydration. It’s just your body letting you know that you are thirsty obviously. One thing you may not know though is when you feel thirsty, this means you are actually dehydrated and have already lost water from your body.
- Darker Urine: If the color of urine becomes dark yellow or even brownish yellow, it indicates that you are extremely dehydrated. This is a simple, no brainer type of way to tell if you are dehydrated.
- Dry eyes: another common symptom that vapors experience is the issue of dry eyes and possibly itchy eyes due to the dryness. You may feel like you need to use eyedropper sailing solution/artificial tears to get rid of the dry eyes feeling. What you really should be doing is either switching to a vegetable glycerin dominant blend or drinking a lot more water.
- Dryness of the Mouth: If you are vaping using a PG solution, then dryness is bound to occur relatively faster than VG, depending on your sensitivity to propylene glycol. However, if you realize that the level of saliva that your mouth produces is quite less while vaping, then we recommend that you stop vaping and hydrate yourself by consuming a glass of water.
- Feeling Tired: Often you experience feeling very tired and even lazy with dehydration. You just don’t feel like doing much. This could mean you’ve been dehydrated way too long and desperately need some water. Experiencing abnormal levels of tiredness is an indication that your body is dehydrated and needs to be hydrated asap.
How to prevent dehydration while vaping
- Change e Juice blends: If you get dehydrated when vaping your ego ecig, consider switching to 100% vegetable glycerin, or even 70% vegetable glycerin 30% propylene glycol. It has been through the collective experience of vapors that shows that vegetable glycerin shouldn’t dehydrate you like propylene glycol does. So if you want to just bypass the issue, switch your e juice blends.
- Drink Lots of Water: It is ideal to keep drinking water all day long, especially when vaping. Most people recommend consuming at least 8 glasses of water per day (each measuring around 8 ounce). This is permissible for normal individuals, however in case you are losing excess water due to vaping then you need to increase the quantity of water consumption. Some people recommend that it is ideal to consume around half your weight of water (in ounces). So For instance, if your weight is 180 lbs, then you ought to consume around 90 oz. of water. Besides this, it is ideal to stay away from drinks which contain alcohol, coffee, sugar, or tea while vaping as it will also aggravate the issue of dehydration.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: another great way to combat the dehydration issue is to eat more fruits and vegetables. It is actually been scientifically proven that eating something like a watermelon or cucumber can actually hydrate your body faster than drinking plain water. The reason is because it has sugars salts and electrolytes to facilitate quicker absorption of that much-needed water. If you choose to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables all day long, those fruits and vegetables are basically made of water along with other nutrients to help keep you hydrated.