Dehydration is more than thirst. It means your body has lost or used more fluids than it’s taking in and, as a result, your body doesn’t have enough fluids or water to function properly. Being dehydrated can have significant negative effects on your body and overall health. It can affect your digestive system, heart, cognitive abilities, kidneys, muscle function, and energy levels.
Anyone can get dehydrated, but it’s especially problematic for young children and older adults. If you suspect dehydration, it's crucial to drink fluids and seek medical advice if symptoms persist or worsen.
At Nutura Clinic in Portland, Oregon, our team of holistic providers offers a variety of IV therapies to boost your hydration, energy levels, and immune system so you feel healthy and energized. Here, we explain the five most common symptoms of dehydration and strategies you can follow to prevent dehydration.
1. Dark-colored urine
The easiest way to know if you’re dehydrated is to take note of the color of your urine. A common sign of dehydration is dark, amber-colored urine. When dehydrated, urine becomes more concentrated and takes on a darker hue.
2. Dry mouth and throat
Reduced saliva production can cause a dry, sticky feeling in your mouth and throat. Additionally, reduced saliva production can also lead to dry, flaky lips and skin.
3. Fatigue and weakness
Lack of proper hydration can lead to reduced energy levels, fatigue, and muscle weakness. These symptoms are especially problematic for athletes playing in hot, humid weather.
4. Dizziness or lightheadedness
Dehydration can cause a drop in your blood pressure, leading to feelings of dizziness or lightheadedness. More severe dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines.
5. Decreased urine output
Not surprisingly, when your body doesn’t have enough fluid, it tries to conserve the fluid it has left. As a result, you’ll notice reduced urine production and frequency.
It's important to note that these signs can vary in severity and may depend on factors such as age, overall health, and environmental conditions. Additionally, other symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, confusion, or fainting, may indicate more severe dehydration and require immediate medical attention.
How to prevent dehydration
The easiest way to prevent losing too much water is to drink plenty of water and other fluids. A good idea is to sip water throughout the day and drink before you're thirsty. Other strategies to help you stay properly hydrated include:
- Monitor your water intake by using a water bottle
- Increase fluid intake during, before, and after physical activity, especially if it’s hot out
- Drink more fluids in hot or humid weather conditions
- Consume foods with high water content like watermelon, oranges, and cucumbers
- Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
- Be aware that certain illnesses that involve vomiting or diarrhea can expedite fluid loss
Remember, individual hydration needs can vary. It's important to listen to your body and adjust your fluid intake accordingly.
If you’re feeling like you need a hydration boost to increase your energy and improve your health, contact us at Nutura Clinic today by calling our office or requesting an appointment online to schedule an IV therapy session.