Signs of Dehydration, and Why You Need to Stay Hydrated

Let’s be honest for a moment: everyone is at risk for dehydration. Even if you drink a lot of fluids, you may become dehydrated. Because everyone is at risk, it’s good to know the signs of dehydration.

Dehydration happens when your body has insufficient water. Without the right amount of fluids, your body can’t function properly. As a result, you might experience seizures, blood clots, and some fatal complications.

Causes of dehydration

Before we get to the signs of dehydration in adults, let’s talk for a moment about what causes dehydration. And later, I’ll share some tips and tricks for staying hydrated. But here are the causes:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Increased urination
  • Too much exercise
  • Significant injuries to skin, including mouth sores and burns
  • Diabetes and similar diseases

We won’t include problems like impaired ability to drink (e.g., when you’re in a coma or on a respirator). That being said, let’s take a look at some of the mild and early signs of dehydration.

Increased thirst

The first and most logical sign is thirst. Your body will always send you signals when you’re deficient in something. For example, when you need food, you feel hunger. When you have a deficiency of some minerals and vitamins, your body will send you other signals. But when you’re dehydrated, you feel increased thirst. And this isn’t a thirst you can satisfy with just one glass of water.

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