Vaping dehydration is a real issue vapers must deal with, especially when they first start vaping. Propylene Glycol, one of the four major ingredients of eLiquid (along with vegetable glycerin, flavoring concentrates, and nicotine) is the major cause of dehydration. It is known as a hygroscopic substance, a substance that absorbs and holds in water molecules, preventing them from being absorbed by the body. 

So, what are the signs of dehydration? 

  • Yellow / Dark Yellow Urine – this is most visual sign of dehydration.  If you notice yellow urine, you’re dehydrated, no questions asked.  The darker yellow, to brown, it becomes, the more dehydrated you are.
  • Fatigue – feeling tired often comes later, but its common symptom, and it’s tied to feelings of lethargy as well.  If you feel tired, when you normally wouldn’t, it may be a sign your body needs hydration.
  • Dry Mouth – this can happen relatively quickly when vaping with a PG solution.  If you notice you have less saliva in your mouth while vaping, it’s a good idea to take a break and take a healthy drink of water.

How to deal with vaping dehydration?

The problem for many vapers is that drinking water, even sipping water, while vaping takes away from the enjoyment of vaping. So, instead of water they will drink coffee, tea, and beer, anything other than water. Since any fluid is going to temporarily relieve dry mouth some vapers tend to believe whatever they are consuming is working when in fact it isn’t. This is why some people wind up with headaches, nausea, and even muscle spasms despite drinking fluids while they vape.

So the best thing you can do is drink water throughout the day.  In spite of various recommendations as to the amount of water you should be drinking (such as 3 liters per day for men, 2,2 liters per day for women but it all obviously depends on body mass) you as a vaper should be drinking even more. Plus, when you’re vaping, it’s best to avoid consuming drinks containing alcohol, sugar, coffee, and tea, which can contribute to your dehydration.