Wednesday, 3 October 2018

How to tell if you are dehydrated

Your body is almost 60% water.  Dehydration will happen when you do not get enough water.

Dehydration can be serious but there are several ways to tell if you are dehydrated:

  • Skin - cracked, redness, flaking or tightness
  • Breath -  mouth dry, no saliva to spit, bad breath, lips cracked
  • Urine - dark yellow or amber, less urine
  • Constipation - difficult or fewer bowel movements
  • Heart and blood pressure - 55% of your blood is liquid. Dehydration will lower the blood pressure. Heart will pound, fast heartbeat and quick breathing may be a sign of severe dehydration
  • Thirst and hunger
  • Tiredness
  • Headache and nausea
  • Fainting
  • Brain function - your brain has more than 70% water. Dehydration will slow your brain functions and may feel pain.


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