Dehydration can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on how much of your body weight is lost through fluids.
Two early signs of dehydration are thirst and dark-coloured urine.
This is the body’s way of trying to increase water intake and decrease water loss.
How can you tell if you are dehydrated?
Here are a few signs you might be dehydrated and tips to stay healthy all summer long.
- Increased thirst and a dry or sticky mouth.
- Signs of fatigue, confusion or anger.
- Dry eyes or blurred vision.
- Headaches or disorientation.
- Muscle cramps.
- Lack of sweat.
- Dark urine.
What happens to your body when you are dehydrated?
Dehydration occurs when more water and fluids leave the body than enter it. Even low levels of dehydration can cause headaches, lethargy, and constipation. Although water is constantly lost throughout the day as we breathe, sweat, urinate, and defecate, we can replenish the water in our body by drinking fluids.
What is the fastest way to cure dehydration?
Are There Home Remedies for Dehydration in Adults?
- Sip small amounts of water.
- Drink carbohydrate/electrolyte-containing drinks.
- Suck on popsicles made from juices and sports drinks.
- Suck on ice chips.
- Sip through a straw (works well for someone who has had jaw surgery or mouth sores).
What should you do if you feel dehydrated?
To treat dehydration at home, drink more fluids and either apply a cold compress to your face or take an ice bath to cool down. If your temperature doesn’t improve, or it reaches above 103° indicating severe dehydration in adults, go to the nearest emergency room.