Are You Dehydrated?
By Sara Butler
You need water in order to survive and for your body to function at its very best. Water actually makes up about 60 percent of your body, which is why it’s so darn important. So, when you become dehydrated it can have a lot of repercussions on your body function and health. Here are some of the common signs of dehydration so you can recognize when you need to drink up for your health and well-being.
What Causes Dehydration?
Water is constantly being lost by your body. It is depleted through sweat and urine, and can even be lost into the air as you breathe. When you have more water going out than coming in, you are becoming dehydrated. The most common causes of dehydration are:
- Exposure to heat
- Exposure to dry environments
- Skin infections
Anything that impacts the balance of water you lose and water you take in can cause dehydration.
Signs of Dehydration
There are some obvious and not so obvious signs you may be dehydrated. Some signs you may be dehydrated include:
- Thirst – When you’re thirsty, then you need to drink. It’s your body’s automatic reminder that it’s time to down some aqua!
- The color of your urine – If your urine is very dark, then you’re dehydrated. You want to aim for urine that is pale in color or even clear. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are.
- Sleepiness or fatigue – If you’re really tired, then it might just be because you’re dehydrated.
- Headaches – Dehydration can be a headache trigger, even triggering migraines in some people. If you have a headache, drink some water and see if it helps.
- Changes in your skin – Dehydration can alter the texture and appearance of your skin because your skin is made up of about 30 percent water. When you pull your skin and it’s well hydrated, then it will return to its normal shape quickly. When you’re dehydrated your body shifts water from your skin to the vital organs, making your skin less elastic.
- Muscle cramps – If you experience muscle cramps regularly, then it may be because you’re dehydrated. If you exercise strenuously, then you need to remember to drink plenty of water to avoid muscle cramps.
To stay hydrated, all you need to do is drink water. The rule of thumb is to drink half of your weight in ounces of water daily. That ratio should keep you well hydrated and healthy!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.