Classic Signs of Dehydration

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Water is important. We know this! It services vital functions in our bodies. It is necessary for the proper functioning of every cell and tissue. As a main element of blood, water transports nutrients to the cells and helps remove waste through urine. Water regulates body temperature and when it comes to vanity, helps keep skin clear, hair shiny and delays fine lines and wrinkles. Water is the heart of life but, how do you know when you aren’t getting enough? Your body will tell you! Take note of the following classic signs of dehydration (beyond just being thirsty).

Headache

The brain floats inside a fluid sack that acts as a cushion and keeps it from bumping against the side of the skull. Dehydration can cause that fluid to be low, resulting in headaches. Because they can act as a diuretic (causing increased urination) some drinks contribute to dehydration including alcohol, some energy drinks and caffeine.

Fatigue

Your body needs water to work well. When dehydrated, the loss of fluid causes a drop in blood volume. Result? Your heart works harder to push nutrients and oxygen through the bloodstream to serve the brain, skin and muscles. Without enough water your body requires more energy to do everything. And you’ll require more motivation to partake in any activity! Just getting off the couch will be a feat. And if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Dehydrated Skin

Some people just naturally have dry skin. It’s the same year round without many fluctuations. That’s not what we’re talking about here! Dehydrated skin means you’re lacking oil and need oil-rich products. Dehydrated skin lacks water and can create more oil to compensate. This can lead to acne and skin irritation. Other causes of dry skin can be possible but what does it hurt to drink up!

Decreased/Dark Urine

This is an easy one. The less fluid in our bodies, the less urine output there is. Urine that is dark in color or has a strong odor means your body is running lower on water than it should be. There’s no magic number as to how many times you should pee a day. But after going in the morning, if it’s been several hours since you’ve gone, it’s probably time for some fluids.

Mood Changes/Poor Concentration

Call it dry brain. The brain is pretty sensitive to changes in fluid. Women have reported significant drop in mood and and energy after 4 to 8 hours without water. You could easily reach a level of mild dehydration when going about your day without drinking water and engaging in light exercise. Keep a water bottle/tumbler close by for sips throughout the day

Any fluids are better than no fluids but of course, water your best bet. Tea, coffee, milk, juice and smoothies provide hydration, but experts advise avoiding the added sugar as it can cause dips in energy. Often by the time you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated. The effects of mild dehydration are more pronounced in children and the elderly. When you begin to ensure that your body is adequately hydrated, you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel on a daily basis.

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