Dehydration comes in many forms, but basically, it happens when you lose more fluids that you take in. Although we typically think of dehydration in hot weather, it can occur in just about any condition. Dehydration is more common for younger kids and older adults whose medications may increase the risk of dehydration. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for when considering if you’re dehydrated.
- Increased Thirst – Duh, right? However, not everyone experiences the “thirsty” feeling the same, especially younger children.
- Dry Mouth – Do you ever get to the point where you feel like your mouth is a desert? Having dry mouth for prolonged periods of time is a sign of dehydration and can lead to other issues like, gingivitis, tooth decay and mouth infections.
- Nasty Breath! Saliva cleans out bacteria in your mouth as well as breaks down food. The more dehydrated you are, the less saliva and better chance for a nasty smelling mouth.
- Trouble Urinating – If you are having difficulty “going” you may not have enough fluids in your body to urinate normally. In addition, if you do urinate and it is dark yellow, that is another sign.
- Fatigue – Yes, that dragging feeling may very well be dehydration. Water helps you maintain levels of electrolytes and aid in sending nutrients and oxygen to your cells. Stay away from sodas if this is the case because it might actually make you more dehydrated.
So, this summer, make sure to drink your water! Healthy men should drink and average of 101 oz. of water per day, and females should drink an average of 74 oz. of water per day according to the National Academy of Sciences.