In most cases, knowing you're dehydrated is as simple as feeling thirsty. However, sometimes you might miss that feeling or your body will tell you in other ways. Health blog Greatist breaks down the common signs of dehydration so you can fend it off before it starts.
On top of being thirsty, your body also tells you that you might be dehydrated with:
- Dry mouth
- Lowered blood pressure
- Muscle fatigue
- Dry skin
- Lack of urine
These signs aren't always in a particular order, which means you won't necessarily feel thirsty before you get a headache. The trick to keeping yourself hydrated all day? Drink water before the thirsty feeling starts. You know drinking water all day is good for you, but it's also good to catch dehydration before it hits. Dr John Mandrola explains:
Not enough summer exercisers start the workout topped off. Before I leave for a bike ride in the summer, I usually chug an entire bottle of water. Again, it's hard to drink that much fluid, but when going out in the heat for a few hours, your body will thank you.
The basic idea is that you drink water before you know you'll be thirsty. It's not just before exercise that matters. Even if you're just sitting around in a hot apartment or taking a stroll, a bit of water beforehand can help keep you hydrated and feeling fresh. Head over to Greatist for a full list of what happens and the best ways to prevent dehydration.
How Do I Know If I'm Dehydrated? [Greatist]
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