What Are The Effects Of Dehydration?

At Hydrate Bottles we have a distinct passion for our product. We’re also extremely keen on ensuring everyone remains hydrated. Today’s blog investigates what can happen when you don’t drink enough water. Please understand that our blog isn’t here to scare, it’s written to inform.

How important is water?

Let’s see. Water helps with digestion, lubricates joints, muscles and eyes and ensures skin keeps its elasticity. Water also helps flush toxins from the body and provides us with daily energy.

What can happen during the day should you not drink enough water?

In this scenario, mild dehydration will occur as the body begins losing anywhere between 1-2% of its fluids.

Symptoms of Mild Dehydration in Adults

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  • Fatigue
  • Feeling Thirsty
  • Dry Mouth
  • Headache
  • Feeling Cold
  • Decreased Urine Flow
  • Light Muscle Cramps

If throughout the day you resonate with any of these symptoms, it’s time to reach for the water. Ignoring such signs could potentially lead to:

Symptoms of Severe Dehydration in Adults

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  • Irritability, Lethargy, & Confusion
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Extremely Dry Skin
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Fever
  • Dark Urine

In very extreme cases of dehydration, a person may pass out. These signs are not designed to frighten you as opposed to make you aware of the importance of drinking.

Of course it’s not just adults who can be affected with dehydration. When it comes to children, ensuring they drink enough throughout the day is intrinsic to them thriving. You can read more about what to look out for, here.

What exactly causes dehydration?

You may be thinking the answer to this is straightforward, which it is in essence but is also attributed to a number of factors. Yes, not drinking enough causes dehydration but so can climate, illness, exercise and even diet.

Who is at a greater potential risk of dehydration?

Athletes, the elderly, babies and infants and those suffering from chronic illness.

How can you Check for Dehydration?

You can not feel thirsty yet still be on the way to dehydration. Pinching the skin on the back of the hand is one way of detecting dehydration. If skin returns to its original place immediately, dehydration is not present. If skin takes time to resume normally, grab a large bottle of water!

Be aware of urine colour

Whether you’re unsure of dehydration for yourself, a relative or child, one way of checking is through urine analysis. Take note of the colour and refer to this chart.

How can you prevent dehydration?

The NHS recommends 1.2 litres per day.

Ways to Stay Hydrated

Well this part is easy! Carry a Hydrate Water Bottle around with you. With a full water bottle you can sip throughout the day and this will ensure your body receives the intake it needs to work fully efficiently.

Finally, always listen to your body. If you notice any of the signs listed throughout this blog, take action.

“By the time you’re thirsty you’re already dehydrated.”