Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day is one of the best ways to keep your body working at its highest level. Water fights illness, keeps you alert, increases your metabolism, aids in digestion, keeps your skin firm, and so much more! Learning how to identify dehydration can be incredibly important to your health. We’ll teach you some simple tests that will determine if you need to start drinking up!
First of all, you need to figure out how much water you should be drinking every day. While you may have heard that 8 glasses per day is the magic number for everyone, there is now a more accurate way to estimate your personal needs. Click here to learn how to calculate the amount of water you need to be drinking on a daily basis.
If you have not been drinking the recommended amount of water and you think you may be dehydrated, do the following:
- Examine how you’re feeling. Do you feel tired, weak, or have a headache? Are you thirsty? Are you lightheaded? These signs can all be symptoms of dehydration. Severe dehydration can result in fever, delirium, and the inability to sweat. If you experience any of the symptoms associated with severe dehydration, seek medical attention.
- Check your urine. If you are hydrated, your urine will be light yellow or clear in color. If you are not properly hydrated, your urine will be bright yellow.
- Give yourself the “hand check.” Another quick way to tell if you are dehydrated is by pinching the skin on the back of your hand. Hydration increases your skin’s elasticity. Therefore, the skin should move back into place immediately if you are sufficiently hydrated, and it will take longer to spring back if you are dehydrated.
If you believe that you are suffering from a case of mild dehydration, there’s a simple solution: grab a glass of water or a bottle of Gatorade and start sipping! For a case of severe dehydration, call your doctor immediately.