Here are six ways to tell if you’re dehydrated this spring and summer.
Temperatures are expected to climb as we head into spring and summer. Here are Quick 6 ways to tell if you are dehydrated.
1. Thirst– When you’re thirsty, your body is telling you to drink water. Listening to your body is the easiest way to prevent dehydration.
2. Urine changes– The color and amount of urine can tell a lot about your fluid levels. Clear to pale yellow urine shows great hydration. However, if you’re urine is dark yellow, you may need to head to a water fountain. The same goes for the amount of urine you produce. The more urine you produce, the healthier you are.
3. Fatigue and irritability– This isn’t just your Monday-morning fatigue. Dehydration can make even the simplest of tasks tiring. It can also make you more irritable. This irritability can even lead to confusion if your body is significantly dehydrated.
4. Headaches and muscle cramps– Some people can get headaches or migraines after going too long without water. Muscle cramps are especially common when you are dehydrated after exercise.
5. A decrease in blood pressure- A dip in blood pressure can make you feel light-headed when you stand up. You can also feel weak and tired.
6. Rapid heart rate– Your heart can start to speed up to make up for the lack of fluid in your body. This can feel like your heart is skipping a beat or is pounding out of your chest.
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Dehydration can happen even if you are not in the direct sunlight. Make sure to drink lots of water during your activities.