The question really is- are you Dehydrated?
It could happen to any of us, but it is especially dangerous for the very young or very old.
Those of us who are retired,are in that at risk category.
Should we panic?
In order to stay healthy, we need to just educate ourselves to the signs, and symptoms of Dehydration, and know how to prevent it.
Dehydration occurs when we lose more fluid than we take in during vigorous exercise, or when there is Diarrhea, fever, or vomiting.
We need to be alert to replacing liquids during hot weather,also.
Symptoms include dry mouth,thirst, decreased urine output, headache, dizziness, and constipation.
Note that the color of your urine may also indicate dehydration. If the urine is clear, that is usually a good sign that the individual is hydrated.
If symptoms progress there may be little or no urine, very dry mouth, sunken eyes, decreased Blood Pressure,rapid heart beat, increased breathing, fever, and delirium.
Nothing to take lightly!
According to the Mayo clinic, thirst is not always a good indicator of dehydration.
Monitoring your liquid intake is crucial. Drinking liquids prior to and during exercise is a good practice.
If you suspect dehydration, drink a sports drink such as Gatorade, or Powerade, to replace the electrolytes lost.
Call 911 if symptoms are severe.
Always contact your health care professional if there is any concern regarding Dehydration.
Have you ever been diagnosed with Dehydration? Please share your story with us.