Summer’s here, but are you hydrated enough? Dehydration signs 101!

dehydration

The heat has set in across the majority of the country, and the outdoor fun is in full effect. This is that time of year where you really start to push yourself, and in those moments enough when your not profusely sweating your body is loosing precious water and nutrients! One of these nutrients that plays and incredibly important role in the body is sodium. Even though often demonized as being bad, sodium is a necessary ion and electrolyte for the human body and it’s functions. Diuretics are great ways though of loosing unwanted extra water weight from sodium bloat.

Sweat is a simple measure for your body to regulate it’s  internal core temp, but we are loosing water all day long and especially in the heat. Doesn’t help that the majority of the country already falls short of their water needs, which depending who you ask can range between 1oz for ever KG of body weight and the others say 1oz for every pound. This can be a lot for some, but there’s some tried and true signs that are undeniable and they must be addressed when noticed as to avoid negative consequences.

The major signs of dehydration include:

  • neurological changes such as headaches and darkening of vision
  • Excessive thirst
  • general discomfort
  • loss of appetite
  • decreased urine volume (Pay attention to deep yellow urine color)
  • confusion
  • unexplained tiredness
  • purple fingernails
  • Risk of seizures.

It’s incredibly important to recognize these signs, as severe dehydration can easily get you a ride to your local hospital for emergency fluid administration and monitoring. Here’s perspective, 5% dehydration of total body weight can land you in the hospital. Around 15% your likely dead! A stern reminder of the power of water, and it’s importance on the human body!

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