01/16Signs of dehydration you need to know

Signs of dehydration you need to know

Making sure you drink a lot of water on a daily basis is important to maintain good health. Yet, a 2015 Harvard study found that almost 4,000 children do not drink enough water. The team also found 25 per cent said they didn't drink water at all during the day. However, this is not just as an issue with kids. There are many adults who are not staying hydrated during the day. Researchers say close to 75 per cent of people are more likely to be chronically dehydrated. This can have serious implications on our muscle strength and aerobic ability. Dehydration can also cause poor cognitive function. Here are a few warning signs you're really dehydrated and in need of some water.


02/16You feel you're going to faint

You feel you're going to faint

If you're very dehydrated, it can lead to fainting. You might start to feel lightheaded when you stand up quickly after sitting or lying down. Such symptoms can happen when you don't drink enough water and it can also affect your blood pressure.


03/16Muscle cramps

Muscle cramps

When you get dehydrated your muscles start facing the wrath of all that excessive heat produced in your body. Without anything to cool them down, all the activity takes a toll on them and they seize up. Even a change in electrolytes can make your muscles cramp up.


04/16You have low blood pressure

You have low blood pressure

Since 55% of your blood is liquid, a loss in water can lower your blood volume and end up affecting your blood pressure. Dehydration can cause low blood pressure and drinking water can help you balance it. Hence, make sure you don't go a long while without drinking water.


05/16You have to deal with dry mouth

You have to deal with dry mouth

If you notice your mouth drying up too much or getting sticky, you should start consuming more water. This happens because you're very dehydrated and all you need to do is drink water at regular intervals so that you can avoid this situation.


06/16You feel fatigued or confused

You feel fatigued or confused

Mild levels of dehydration can play with your mood swings as well as cognitive functions. Especially during your older ages when you start getting forgetful. Dehydration can alter your mood, ability to think clearly and even drain out your energy.


07/16Fever and chills

Fever and chills

As weird as this may sound, a fever can actually get worse when you're dehydrated. In fact, a fever might also cause dehydration. In such cases, you need to immediately get on fluids and make sure that you cool your body down.


08/16You have constipation issues

You have constipation issues

When you're dehydrated, it can cause constipation issues and you might find it difficult to pass your stool all too well as it might look dry or small lumps. You will face difficulty in your bowel movements if you don't drink enough water. Water is needed to help you digest the food that you eat and also to move waste along your digestive tract.


09/16You have a headache

You have a headache

If you are not drinking enough water and are experiencing a lot of headaches, you may be severely dehydrated. Researchers say you start to experience pain in this area because there is not enough fluid around the area of your brain. This may be because you don't have enough water in your system. So whether you choose food or water, make sure you stay well hydrated so you can function well.


10/16Your urine colour changes

Your urine colour changes

If you're dehydrated, you'll know it through the colour of your urine. If it's a dark yellow to amber urine, it means you are dehydrated. You have healthy hydration levels if your urine is clear or light yellow in colour. Another way to find out about unhealthy hydration levles is to notice how less you urinate.