How does our body lose water?
- When you go to the bathroom
- When you sweat
- When you breathe
- Being physically active
- Vomiting/ diarrhea
How do you know if you are dehydrated?
- Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
- No tears when crying
These are all late signs of dehydration. Unfortunately, the body hides mild dehydration very well, and it can take hours before you recognize that you are dehydrated.
Drinking fluids serves a range of purposes in our bodies, such as removing waste through urine; controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, maintaining a healthy metabolism, even can control /suppress appetite, and aids in digestion.
We’ve heard for years that we need to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Before you start chugging, is it true? Not necessarily! Instead, it’s pretty simple: For the average person, drink enough so you go to the bathroom every two to four hours. Usually half of your body weight in ounces is a good way to remember. It all depends on how active you are, and your environment! Listen to your body, it will let you know!