Saturday, June 22

12 Signs You’re Way Too Dehydrated

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…How do I know if am I too dehydrated? 

I am sure that all of us know that it is recommended to drink at least 2 liters of water a day or half a gallon. The benefits are numerous, such as nice, glowing, healthy-looking skin, having more energy, eating fewer calories, which leads to weight loss, proper function of your organs, and so many other things.

If you are not drinking enough water throughout the day, your cells can’t do their job the way they should. This is why people can only survive for three or five days (if you’re lucky) without H2O.

Sadly, a lot of adults and kids don’t consume as many fluids as they should, which can point to a medical condition called chronic dehydration.

There are also other factors that can lead to extreme dehydration, such as excessive sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, working out too much, or staying in the sun for a long period of time.

According to scientists, long-term dehydration can lead to several health issues and it can even be life-threatening in some cases. With that being said, it is very important to consume the right amount of water for your own specific needs.

There are many indicators that show you if you are too dehydrated and in today’s article, we will talk about 12 of these symptoms.

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26 thoughts on “12 Signs You’re Way Too Dehydrated”

  1. It took me 30 years of my adult life w/ many experiences of headaches, dry skin, veritgo, low blood pressure (60/30 sent me to the hospital), constipation, irritated (hyper) thyroid w/ restless sleeping and heart palpitations only to discover all the above was from just be dehydrated and that drinking water (most affordable fix) was the cure!! I no longer drink sodium filled soda or energy drinks. I drink twice the water of the 2 cups of coffee I still enjoy and I have never felt better as I approach my 60th Birthday!

    1. Thank you, Cynthia. I am trying to increase my water intake and I have noticed that my skin is (almost) flawless…I have the younger generations asking me what I use on my skin!!! Also, I cut out 99% of the sodas (I love ginger ale) and 100% of wine. If we only knew then that the simple things are the best. Take care.

    1. For most people, even considering variations in body type, ie. lean vs. fat, a good general rule of thumb to calculate the minimum amount of water one needs for optimum hydration is generally determined by one’s weight as follows:
      Divide your weight in half and consume that many ounces of water per day.
      For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, 200 divided by 2 =100 ounces, or just about 3/4 of a gallon.

    2. I ready a study 2 days ago saying you should be drinking half your body weight. Ex: 140lbs in body weight then drink 70oz. 2001bs drink 100oz

    3. Concerned Citizen

      I read somewhere that a person should drink half their weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 lbs., you should drink 70 ounces of water per day. This works for me and since we all are different weights, it makes more sense than a set amount for everyone.

    1. For the sake of your kidneys, it needs to be mostly water. They need something they don’t have to filter. Your body needs a minimum intake of just water and you can add other items on top of that. Coffee has water, yes, but caffeine causes some dehydration, soda has water but it also has caffeine and sodium, both of which will cause some dehydration. It needs to be water.

  2. If you drink only water with no electrolytes all the time, you will become low on electrolytes and your blood may become too thin. I include a measured 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (Redmond’s Real Salt) in every other bottle I drink to avoid becoming too low on salt. Salt is necessary for good health. I alsomix and drink one 16 oz. bottle of electrolytes once a day, which includes 1 tsp. of Potassium citrate, 400mg of Magnesium Threonate, and 1/2 tsp of Redmond’s salt. This keeps the mineral levels up so the blood doesn’t get too low on them. Potassium RDA requirements are quite high – about 4,200mg per day. If I tried to get that much potassium by eating food, I would be over eating.. Also, Stay away from drinking Distilled Water because it pulls minerals out and can make you feel depleted.

  3. Amélie Harris ~ McGeehan

    I have read, and been told by my doctors that I definitely need to drink more water, and that by the time I feel thirsty.. I should have had plenty to drink.

    I find that hours go by, before I actually feel thirsty.. even when doing yardwork/exercise. I frequently carry water with me, but then forget to drink it.

    I have experienced serious dehydration, and it was frightening, and overwhelming! I had associated it with only summertime activities. I learned it can happen anytime.. if we *aren’t drinking enough water, on a daily basis.

    Any ideas of how to develop a ‘routine’ for drinking enough water for those of us who don’t?? I keep trying, but I fall short of doing a good enough job.

  4. I have had multiple stomach surgeries and pancreas surgeries and I have a hernia and I am dehydrated 90% of the time when I fall asleep I tried to find Awakening get water in me as soon as possible as I know going sometimes hours of sleep people don’t realize that they’re not getting their water that they so desperately need.

  5. Last time I checked a gallon is 64 oz. Just remember that, a cup is 8 oz, 2 cups make a pint, or. 16 oz, 2 pints make 1/2 gallon, or 32 oz, 4 quarts make a gallon,or 64 oz! I’m 78 and learned this at my grandma knee – a pints a pound the world around – from there you can do the math😀

  6. Any one tell me how to remain hydrated when i have an enlarged prostate. If i keep myself hydrated i am up from my sleep, every hour. I try to stay somewhat hydrated and i am up three times a night. Mornings i feel tired and grouchy and this usually translates through the day. Naturally, i wish not to feel this way. I have several times felt all the discomforts of being Dehydrated, and they are not fun, cramps everywhere on the body,my fingers are all twisted and knew right then ,that i never care to go through that ever again. So, this i find is very difficult, to remain partially hydrated, but i do my best, i can always tell how well i’ve done, when i have to make a Bowel movement. Anyone else with this problem, have a solution.

    1. I have your same problem.What helps is to stop drinking so much water after 5 p.m. I drink very little water after 5 p.m.and try drinking the correct amount during the day.

  7. Thankyou for the article. Most of the information I was already aware of. As I do get only the occasional migraine now but it’s not due to lack of water. I’m also a night worker trying to return to a day job, so a lot of my “tiredness ” is really from this change. I’ve found that keeping a case of water in my car helps me grab that water bottle as I drive, which became one of my habits for drinking more. I also reused the bottles by filling them with those water flavors (electrolytes)and putting them into my refrigerator especially on the door where I’d be more inclined to grab for a fast drink. Working outside,I always grab a couple of bottles of water and put them where I will take a rest,grab tools etc. Once emptied, I refill right away and use them as my timer for how long I’m working. At night by the TV is my downfall 🙃 and I’ve tried drinking lemon water to help me cut down on snacking, but I haven’t been consistent. I usually like my tea by then. Anyone have any ideas on how to drink water b4 bed? I’d especially like to hear ideas from people who were night workers and changed over to day jobs. Thanks in advance ☺️ Michele

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