Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
The human body possesses an amazing skill; the ability to self regulate. When we are hungry, chemicals are released from our brain to tell us it is time to eat; the same goes for thirst, fatigue, when we fall ill and a whole slate of primary biological functions. And just as importantly, when we are dehydrated our body will quickly step in to tell us that this is the case.
And the truth is, approximately 75% of all Americans suffer from dehydration, as the average person only consumes approximately 2.5 cups of water per day. Dehydration can negatively affect our moods, our ability to process information, our decision-making skills and prolonged dehydration can lead to even more increasingly severe symptoms. With such staggering statistics, it’s clear that many Americans are not properly listening to their bodies. If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, then it may be your body telling you that you are experiencing dehydration.
But before we dive too deep into the signs and symptoms of dehydration, it is important to understand what causes dehydration so that you can avoid it in the future.
The Causes of Dehydration
Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in. When the level of water loss reaches a point where the body can no longer function regularly, dehydration will occur. This can result due to heat exposure, prolonged work in extreme climates, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, increased alcohol consumption or a variety of additional factors that can lead to low levels of water intake or a lack of water retention.