As the heat of the summer only just begins, it’s important to learn the most common dehydration signs and symptoms. The reason is that the risk of suffering them is already at its highest and will only stay there for months.
Many Adults Don’t Know the Dehydration Signs and Symptoms
The majority of adults don’t drink enough water throughout the hottest days of the year. Without knowing the dehydration signs and symptoms, the issue can worsen while they remain unaware.
There are two main types of dehydration. These are chronic and acute.
The issue is acute when the body’s tissues become severely water deprived. Dehydration signs and symptoms in this case include imbalances of the electrolytes which can lead the body to experience struggles in being able to accomplish even the most basic tasks such as reactions, temperature regulation and simple reasoning. Watch for:
- Lack of urine production or dark urine
- Lack of sweat production
- Feeling lightheaded
Chronic dehydration occurs when you don’t consume enough fluids on a regular basis. This involves a persistent habit of inadequate water consumption over time. Many Americans spend much of their time in a state of chronic dehydration. Some research indicates that almost half of kids and nearly 75 percent of adults are chronically dehydrated to some degree.
Watch for chronic dehydration signs and symptoms such as:
- Concentration lapses
- Reduced reaction time
- Learning and memory impairments
- Poor mood
How to Improve Your Water Consumption to Avoid Dehydration Signs and Symptoms
The amount of water an individual needs differs from one to the next. While some individuals do well with 64 ounces per day – that is, the old eight 8-ounce glasses – but that standard may be too high or too low for others.
There are many factors that decide how much water you need in a day and whether you’ll experience dehydration signs and symptoms. These include:
- Activity level
- Health conditions
The average healthy and moderately active man needs 124 ounces per day and the average woman needs 92 ounces per day. That said, it’s important to note that this doesn’t need to be consumed exclusively in the form of water.
Much of that total can be obtained through foods with high water contents, such as fruits, vegetables, soups and so on. Many beverages are also very hydrating, provided they are low in sugar. Still, it’s important to drink water every day to supplement your hydration.
Overall, if you don’t feel thirsty, you’re alert and your urine is pale yellow in color, you’re likely adequately hydrated.