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Signs of Dehydration

It's summer and it's hot out. Your body produces sweat to cool you off, so in order to make up for that lost fluid, you should be drinking more water. If you don't, you could be at risk for dehydration.

Our bodies are 50 to 75 percent water, so if a person gets dehydrated, it means the amount of water in her body has dropped below the level needed for normal body functioning. You can get dehydrated from a bad stomach bug (you lose a lot of fluid when you're constantly visiting the bathroom). Athletes and people who do a ton of physical exercise can risk dehydration if they sweat a lot and don't drink enough water as they workout. Being out in hot summer heat can also put you at risk.

Here are the signs of dehydration:

  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • having a dry or sticky mouth and throat
  • producing less urine, or dark-colored urine

If you are suffering from these symptoms, drink water! Or in extreme cases drink something with electrolytes. Dehydration can usually be treated by giving your body the water it needs. To prevent dehydration in the first place, drink water throughout your day. If you're planning on exercising, drink 8 oz 20-30 minutes beforehand.

Be weary of diets that encourage you to limit your fluid intake — if you don't drink anything, you'll be losing water weight, not body weight. That means when you go to drink a glass of water that your body needs, you'll "gain" that weight right back.

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