It is estimated that 60 percent of our body is made up of water. Our body relies on having enough water to function and keep all parts working correctly. Our body gives us signs to tell us that we are dehydrated and that we need to consume more liquids. Dehydration is when your body loses more fluids than it needs. Dehydration can be caused by illness, sweating or not consuming enough fluids. Dehydration can be dangerous and can lead to more serious illness. Knowing the symptoms of dehydration is essential to staying safe and healthy. During the summertime, we are more prone to symptoms of dehydration because of the heat. Prevention and recognizing early signs of dehydration are key to helping you make quick changes to avoid feeling worse. Here are 5 signs of dehydration to look out for in yourself and in those around you this summer:
- Feeling thirsty and your mouth is dry
- Having dizziness or feelings of confusion
- Your urine is a dark color
- Not urinating or sweating as much as you usually do
- Being tired
It is important to note that some of these symptoms can be caused by other illnesses. By knowing these symptoms, you can take action to remedy the cause. Be sure to check in with yourself and help assess their cause. If you are concerned about your symptoms or those of someone you are caring for, please consult with a healthcare professional. Here are the sources for this information as well as additional readings on risk factors, causes and symptoms in children and treatment.