Dehydration can happen at any time and can threaten your health if you are not properly hydrated at all times. You don’t necessarily have to live in a warm climate, work in a high temperature work place or have been exercising to excess to become dehydrated. Your body goes into automatic pilot and uses up the fluids it needs to continue and at times you may not be aware that you have lost a great quantity of fluid from you system.
Signs of dehydration are:
- Chapped lips
- Decrease or little and no urination or urine that is dark in color
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, delirium, unconsciousness or fainting
- Dry and sticky mouth
- Dry or itchy skin, skin that has shriveled or has lost some of its elasticity where it doesn’t bounce back when pinches or pressed down upon
- Excessive sweating
- Extreme sleepiness, irritability, tiredness and confusion Extreme thirst
- Few or no tears
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sunken eyes
Signs that trigger you to consult a physician:
- Blood or black stool
- Can’t hold fluids down
- Extreme tiredness or sleeplessness
- Inability to remain active
- Irritable or disoriented
- Severe diarrhea
If you or a loved one is showing any of these signs it may very well be caused by dehydration. If the symptoms are mild or moderate than try drinking more fluids. Water or sports drinks such as Gatorade will help hydrate you and increase your body’s electrolytes. Avoid juices and soda as they can increase the effects dehydration plays on you. If your symptoms are severe either call 911 for immediate assistance or call your family physician for an appointment as soon as possible.
Don’t be a walking time bomb; keep fluids handy and stay hydrated for your health!
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