What does it mean?
This happens when you lose more water than you take in. This makes it difficult for your body to perform basic tasks like maintaining a stable temperature and eliminating waste. Sweat, tears, and every time you go to the toilet lose water. Even the breath leaves you a little. In general, it is compensated by eating and drinking. But hot weather, exercise, and illness can throw off your balance.
How does dehydration affect you?
More than half of your body weight comes from water. If your level is off, it can show up in a surprising number of ways. Mild dehydration can cause fatigue and headaches. Your mental focus, mood, and even memory will take a bit of a hit. And when you’re pushing yourself hard at the gym, all that sweating can deplete your blood volume a bit.
Is thirst a sign of dehydration?
Yes, but don’t panic. That’s just how the body works. By the time you feel the urge to quench your thirst, you’re already a little dehydrated. If you pay attention and drink when your body tells you to, it’s not a problem. For seniors, the lag may be a little longer. So it helps to get into the habit of drinking water, especially when it’s hot outside or when you’re sick.
Who is likely to experience this?
If you sit up and throw up, you can lose up to a gallon of water a day. Because babies and children are smaller, they are more prone to dehydration than adults. Elderly people need to be vigilant as the sense of thirst fades with age. Kidney disease and certain medical conditions can dehydrate your body. Pregnant and lactating women should drink more than usual.