You need water to function. Without it, you can suffer a variety of awful problems, ranging from cramps to heat stroke to seizures and even kidney failure. But before you get to those extremes, you’ll have some lesser dehydration symptoms.
The lesser symptoms are what vapers typically encounter. It happens because the base of the e-liquid we vape is made from propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG) — or a combination of the two. PG and VG are hygroscopic. That means that they absorb water.
When you inhale vapor, it doesn’t make your mouth, throat, and esophagus moist. Rather, it takes the moisture from your mucus membranes and sends it back out in that majestic cloud you exhaled. Put simply, vaping dries you out. And a dried out vaper can have some issues.
- Dry skin – sometimes with a rash or acne
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Scratchy or sore throat
I’ve personally met many vapers who had some combination of those symptoms, and they all offered the same remedy: drink more water. And they’re right. Taking fluids into your body is the only way to counteract the moisture leaving your body. So drink a lot of water, tea, soda, juice, or anything you like.
Not beer or coffee though! It’s true that the moisture of alcoholic beverages hydrates you, but the alcohol actually inhibits your body’s ability to retain water, so essentially you won’t make up for the fluid you lose by vaping. Caffeine has a different but related effect. It can make you urinate more often, which also can contribute to dehydration. So if you’re heading to the coffee shop or local bar, have a glass of water on the side.