Dehydration is a serious issue that can come occur even without the person realizing it. The average human body is 50 to 75% water, making dehydration dangerous. Frequent and prolonged dehydration can also have various other side effects. It’s also a more common issue than you may think: a survey of about 3,000 Americans revealed that 75% of them likely had net fluid loss resulting in chronic dehydration. Learn what you need to know through these tips and facts!
Know the Symptoms.
Dehydration, of course, has different symptoms depending on how advanced it is. Knowing the symptoms for each stage can be crucial in righting the problem before it worsens. When the body has lost 2% of normal body water, you may feel thirsty, have dry skin, become flushed, experience loss of appetite, and/or become uncomfortable. When your body has lost 3%, the symptoms include heat-induced stroke, illness, cramps, and/or exhaustion. At 5-6%, you may experience grogginess, sleepiness, headaches, nausea, and/or tingling in your limbs. Once the body has lost 10-15% of its natural water, the symptoms are even scarier: spastic muscles, shriveled skin, dimmed vision, reduced urination, painful urination, and/or delirium. Chronic dehydration has also been linked to about 20% of kidney stone cases.
A general rule that most people know is that the average person should be drinking eight glasses of water per day. But studies also show that drinking cold water can boost metabolism in both men and women by 30%, and that in addition to the eight-glass rule, you should drink one to three glasses before exercising or playing sports. Dehydration is dangerous business, so keep yourself hydrated, healthy and safe!
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