5 Warning Signs of Dehydration
Our bodies are 70 percent water. If this level decreases, even by a few percent, we become dehydrated, which affects digestive function and chemical balance. But fear not! We have the warning signs to help you safeguard against dehydration this summer.
Symptom 1: Thirst
Solution: If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Mild dehydration is easily treated by replacing lost fluids and water is the best choice.
Symptom 2: Sluggishness
Solution: Although we routinely lose around 2.5 litres of water daily through sweating, factors such as heat can cause excessive dehydration. Be sure to be extra careful in summer when the temperatures soar.
Symptom 3: Dry Skin and Lips
Solution: Hydrating your body will make your skin return to normal. Other liquids, such as herbal tea, count as water and can be used to avoid further dehydration. Experts suggest avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks because they counteract hydration.
Symptom 4: Light-Headedness
Solution: A continuous supply of fluids can prevent feelings of being faint. We only get two-thirds of our fluid intake from drinking, the rest comes from food such as vegetables, fruit, fish, and poultry.
Symptom 5: Dark Urine and Decreased Urine Output
Solution: Decreased urine is a sign that you’ve become severely dehydrated; you’ll need to replace the sugar and salts your body has lost as well as the fluids. Having a fruit juice and eating a salty snack will restore your electrolytes.