Even among non-vapers, a properly hydrated person is a rare find. The added astringent effects of propylene glycol (PG) make it dangerous to vape if you’re not paying attention to your body. PG is a hygroscopic molecule, meaning that it pulls water from its surroundings. When you vape PG, water is drawn from your mouth and lungs into the vapor. This not only makes your mouth dryer, it also contributes to dehydration overall, which can very rapidly become a significant problem!
The most obvious solution to dehydration, but probably the hardest to keep up, is to drink water regularly. It sounds simple, right? If it was that easy, 75% of American’s wouldn’t be chronically dehydrated. Regardless of anything else, drinking enough water daily is essential to maintaining a healthy and happy body. The old adage of 8 glasses a day has been shown to be false, but just drinking when you’re thirsty won’t cut it either. A good way to increase your water intake is to drink a glass of water before anything else! This was the most effective method for me personally, especially since soda and coffee are both dehydrating.
If you’ve been suffering from chronic dehydration, and you think it’s due to vaping, consider making the switch to a vegetable glycerin (VG) based eLiquid. VG isn’t hygroscopic like PG, meaning it won’t dehydrate you! 100% VG eLiquid is definitely different from most blended liquids, however, with a sweeter flavor and more vapor production. The sweet taste can mask some flavors, and even if you do change over to VG, be sure to drink plenty of water!
No matter who you are, or how you vape, the most important thing is staying safe. Keep yourselves hydrated, and spread the word!