As the weather only continues to heat up, dehydration is an important topic many of us tend to ignore. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to reach for a glass of filtered H2O and stay hydrated.
1. DRY MOUTH & CHAPPED LIPS
The most obvious sign that you are dehydrated is that your mouth will become dry and your tongue may become slightly swollen. When your lips are chapped or dry, it is yet another sign of dehydration.
2. IT IS HOT BUT I’M NOT SWEATING
Sweating is our body’s way of cooling itself down, and it is vital for preventing heat stroke. As you sweat, the water evaporates from your skin and cools you down. Since sweat is made up of mostly water, you will stop sweating when you get very dehydrated.
3. FEELING DIZZY
Dehydration takes water out of your entire body, including your blood. As a result your blood pressure can drop causing you to feel dizzy, lightheaded, and even nauseas.
4. DARK COLOURED URINE
When your body is running low on water your urine becomes more concentrated. The more dehydrated you become, the darker it becomes. It can become a dark yellow or even amber colored if you become extremely dehydrated. A healthy fully hydrated person should produce nearly clear urine.
5. DRY SKIN
If your skin lacks elasticity then it is a good sign that you are dehydrated. Try pinching the skin on the back of your hand and see how long it takes to return to normal. If it takes more than a second then it’s a good indication that you are dehydrated.
Drink clean purified water daily to help you manage dehydration. Avoid all soft drinks and sports drinks as these will only put more strain on your body. Organic Herbal teas can be a great way to incorporate additional fluids into your day. To read about the natural healing properties of herbal teas click here.
TIP: Avoid drinking water with or before meals. Drink a glass of water AT LEAST 30 minutes – 1 hour after each meal. This will prevent water interfering with digestion. For more tips on improving digestion click here.