The Tell-Tale Signs of Dehydration

The human body is made up of 55-65% water, and people too often are not drinking enough water on a daily basis. With the heat of the summer months bearing down. It is more important than ever to ensure hydration. Over 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Read on to learn more about the causes, signs and symptoms, and how to replenish water.

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The CDC shares that the amount of water each person should drink every day varies by age, weight, sex, and if the person is pregnant or breastfeeding. However, the general rule of the thumb is six 8oz glasses a day of water.

So what causes it?
  • Excessive water loss through sweat
    • By heat, exercise, or even sunburn
  • Failure to replenish the lost water
  • Extreme alcohol consumption
  • Excessive vomiting or diarrhea
  • Increase in age

As a person naturally loses water or often has events occur that allow the body to lose water more quickly than liquid must be consumed quickly to avoid dehydration. This may be why one hears saying such as “Drink a lot of water out in the hot sun”, or “avoid exercise in the heat of the day”.

The signs and symptoms:
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dark yellow and strong-smelling pee
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Dry mouth, lips, and eyes
  • Peeing less than four times a day
How can a person avoid dehydration without downing glass after glass of water?
  • Eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables (watermelon, pineapple)
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Carry around a full water bottle around
  • Set a timer or smartwatch as a reminder to drink a glass of water

There are times to call a medical professional. Severe dehydration can occur and add to the list fever, rapid heart rate, no urine, and confusion.

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