10 Signs a Body is Dehydrated

Jun 7, 10 • HealthNo CommentsRead More »

dehydration pictureThe human body consists of 70 percent of water that is useful to set the temperature, protects joints and organs, and helps the circulation of oxygen to the cells. If it experience lack of water, the body will react.

Make sure the water condition in the body remains stable so you do not get dehydrated (lose a lot of body fluids). Because a body which often experience lack of fluids would cause harm.

According to FoxNews, there are 10 signs when the body is dehydrated:

1. Dry mouth and swollen tongue

Dry mouth and tongue slightly swelling are  signals of a dehydrated body. The best way to avoid dehydration is to drink when thirsty. But if you have drank and there are still signs of dehydration, there may be other factors which becomes the problem.

2. Dark yellow urine

If the body is dehydrated, the kidneys try to conserve water or stop the production of urine. As a result, the urine will become darker in color or dark yellow.

3. Constipation

When the body has enough water, foods that are eaten will move freely. Large intestine (colon) will absorb water from the food you eat. When dehydrated, the colon will save water which causes feces become hard and dry. The result is constipation.

4. Skin becomes less elastic

Doctors can use skin elasticity to test dehydration by pinching  the skin. If the conditions are normal, the skin will return to normal condition after pinching.  But when skin is dehydrated, after pinched, the skin would return to a normal condition slowly.

Although this is not the best test of dehydration but the elasticity of the skin is still a good sign if there is dehydration.

5. Palpitation

The heart requires a healthy and normal body to function correctly. If there is a decrease of blood flow and changes in electrolyte levels due to dehydration, usually the heart will be pounding.

6. Muscle cramps or spasms

Although not yet known exactly how dehydration affects muscle function but presumably associated with electrolyte imbalance. Electrolytes such as sodium and potassium are electrically charged ions that make the muscles work.

If you experience chronic dehydration, electrolyte imbalance will occur that can cause muscle cramps or spasms constantly. This condition occurs after the person completed a lot of exercise or sports.

7. Dizziness

Dehydration can also cause dizziness or fainting. One of the signs of dehydration is when the body feels floating when hurriedly getting up from sitting or sleeping position.

8. Tired

Chronic Dehydration makes blood volume and blood pressure go down that makes the supply of oxygen to the blood also decreased. Without enough oxygen, muscle and nerve function will work slowly so that people become more easily tired.

9. Dry tears

Tears are used to clean and lubricate the eye. If the body lacks in fluid, it can make the eyes water production stopped.

10. Body Always feels hot

Water plays a key role in regulating body temperature. When the body begins to heat the skin will sweat. By sweating, the body temperature will drop again. Because sweat consists mainly of water, then when dehydrated, the body stops producing the sweat that makes the body feels hot.

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