Many kratom users report suffering from kratom dehydration. But why does this happen? Millions of people around the world use kratom as a natural remedy to cope with many ailments and conditions. But kratom can also produce unpleasant side effects, and dehydration is only one of them. In this article, we’ll explore the causes of kratom dehydration and how to avoid it.
What Is Kratom?
Kratom is the common name of Mitragyna speciosa, an evergreen tree in the Rubiaceae family (the same as coffee) indigenous to Southeastern Asia. The leaves of kratom contain elements (alkaloids) that act as agonists of the mu and delta receptors in your brain, producing different effects. The most abundant of these alkaloids is mitragynine, which has potent analgesic effects. But kratom has other active elements that can bring about other effects.
When you buy kratom, you buy kratom leaves that have been dried. And afterward, it is often ground into a fine powder. But you can also find kratom extracts, which are concentrated forms of kratom, and ultra-enhanced kratom, which mixes premium quality and extracts. Both extracts and ultra-enhanced kratom products are more potent than regular kratom.
Main Uses of Kratom
Kratom alkaloids bind to the mu and delta receptors (which are part of the opioid receptors). Then, these receptors send certain signals to your brain and nervous system telling them to bring about certain effects, so to speak. That is also how opiates work, but there are other products, such as chocolate or coffee, that also have an effect on the opioid system. And unlike opiates, kratom does not cause respiratory depression and the risk of developing an addiction is almost inexistent.
When consuming kratom, you may feel different effects, ranging from analgesia to euphoria, from relaxation to stimulation. Thanks to these effects, you can use kratom for a wide range of ailments and conditions:
- Pain relief
Furthermore, kratom is also a great choice to cope with the symptoms and cravings of opiate withdrawal.
Kratom Dehydration: Causes and Symptoms
Kratom dehydration is a side effect that affects many kratom users. Even if there is no proper scientific research on the matter, anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that kratom dehydration is real and can affect kratom users.
But why does kratom cause dehydration? First of all, kratom has diuretic effects. Diuretics release water from your body. But other hypotheses suggest that kratom can cause the muscles to release water through sweat or urine.
Since kratom causes your body to lose water, you will experience dehydration. People commonly associate dehydration with dry skin, lips or eyes. But dehydration also implies a loss of vitamins and nutrients, and cause kidneys to work more. Therefore, kratom dehydration can have dangerous consequences for your health and increase the risk of suffering several serious conditions:
- Muscles cramps and pain
- Skin damages, including burns, irritations and even skin cancer
- Nausea and dizziness
- Kidney disease and kidney stones
- Low blood pressure
- Lack of energy
So, kratom dehydration is no joke and you should take it seriously.
How to Fight Kratom Dehydration
If you are suffering from any symptoms of kratom dehydration, you may need to reduce your kratom intake. Frequent use of kratom (daily or even more than once a day) can cause undesired side effects, such as dehydration. Since kratom is a natural diuretic, reducing its use can help you fight and even avoid dehydration.
Also, avoid using other diuretics (including medications, natural products, and foods) if you are using kratom.
Drink plenty of liquids, such as water or natural fruit juices. Electrolytes and sports drinks can also be very helpful. However, you must avoid coffee, tea, and alcohol.
Keep a healthy diet that includes vegetables and fruits. They will provide you with water and nutrients.
Use body and face lotions and moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated.
If you’re suffering from dry eyes, you can use over-the-counter eye drops or even warm compresses for dry eyes.
Take sea buckthorn oil. This herbal remedy is a natural source of omega-7 fatty acid, and consuming it can improve dry skin, mouth, and eyes dramatically.
Additionally, chia seeds may also fight dehydration. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and nutrients, and they can absorb 12 times their weight in water. However, you need to soak them in water or add them to a liquid food to eat them. Eating dry chia seeds may result in a blockage. Learn more about the benefits of mixing chia seeds and kratom in this post.
If you have been suffering from kratom dehydration for a while, it is recommendable you take a blood test to make sure you are not suffering from any deficiency. Dehydration can also cause loss of nutrients, which in turn could result in a lack of vitamins or other deficiencies. In this case, you might also need to add vitamins or other supplements to your diet.
Other Side Effects of Kratom
Kratom dehydration is not the only side effect of kratom. Whilst kratom is very beneficial and has a lot of healthy properties, it also has side effects that in some cases can be very unpleasant. You should bear in mind that these side effects are often the result of high doses or an inappropriate use of kratom (for instance, using kratom every day). Hence, you should always try to be cautious with your kratom dose and avoid consuming it every day. Ideally, you should limit the use of kratom to 3-5 days a week.
These are the most common side effects of kratom:
- Headache and migraine
- Eye wobbles
- Loss of libido
But being cautious with your kratom dose can also help you prevent kratom tolerance. Kratom tolerance occurs when your body becomes less sensitive to kratom. If you consume kratom for long periods and use high doses, chances are that you’ll end up developing kratom tolerance. So, using low to moderate dosages of kratom is the best way to avoid side effects and kratom tolerance.
If you have suffered from kratom dehydration and know other tips to fight it, please leave a comment below.