DEHYDRATION: DRINK WATER
Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Dehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Vomiting and diarrhea are common causes.
ARE YOU DEHYDRATED?
Dehydration is classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on how much of the body’s fluid is lost or not replenished.
Mild Dehydration: (increase fluid intake — and for babies, call a medical professional): Thirst, dry lips, dry mouth, flushed skin, headache and urine begins to darken in color, urine output decreases.
Moderate Dehydration: (increase fluid intake and call a medical professional): All of the signs of mild dehydration, plus: skin doesn’t bounce back quickly when pressed, very dry mouth, sunken eyes and severe headache
Severe Dehydration: (call a medical professional): All of the signs of mild and moderate dehydration, plus: blue lips, blotchy skin, confusion, breathing, rapid and weak pulse, low blood pressure, dizziness, high fever, inability to pee and disinterest in drinking fluid
The benefits of being well-hydrated:
Boosts physical and mental endurance.
• Some studies show hydration can decrease the risk of kidney stones and lower the risk of certain cancers by helping the body to flush out toxins.
• Helps keep your digestive system working. Fluids soften the stools, making them easier to pass.
• Helps prevent urinary tract infections by helping to flush away bacteria.
• Helps keep your eyes and skin moist and healthy.