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Symptoms of Dehydration in Adults

by Terri David

Symptoms of dehydration in adults should be addressed quickly to prevent further serious medical consequences.

Please don't take dehydration lightly. It is linked to many diseases. Aging is directly related to water loss. 

Did you know that approximately 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults should be addressed quickly to prevent further serious medical consequences. 

Older people and women are often at greater risk for dehydration because they have less muscle mass and lower body water content than men.

Symptoms of Dehydration in Adults

  • 1-5% Thirst, vagueness, discomfort, increased pulse, nausea.
  • 6-10% Dizziness, headache, labored breathing, walking difficulties.
  • 11-20% Delirium, twitching, inability to swallow.

Symptoms of Severe Dehydration

Severe lack of water, or extreme dehydration, when more than 1/2 to 2 liters of fluid are lost can be life threatening.

Water helps nearly every part of the human body function efficiently. Considering that our bodies are about two-thirds water, it is important to understand H2O's role in healthy lifestyles.

Can You Die with Dehydration?

We’re all at risk for dehydration if we don’t drink enough water, but children and seniors seem to be at the highest risk. Dehydration often goes unnoticed and untreated. 

Many conditions have been linked to chronic dehydration in the body. This has been documented by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. and Dr. Mu Shik Jhon, Ph.D. Both of these men have books that share the message of proper hydration with us. 

When you are in a state of dehydration, every function in the human body suffers and your body is forced to operate from a level of “crisis management.” If left unchecked, crisis management can result in disease.

Symptoms of Mild Dehydration

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dry mucous membranes in nose, mouth, or throat
  • Nosebleeds (especially in dry interior air during winter)
  • Dark, concentrated, strong-smelling urine in small quantities
  • Irritability or unusual irrational behavior
  • Weak, irregular pulse
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shallow, rapid breathing
  • Constipation or cramps

Common Conditions Linked to Dehydration:

  • Digestive Problems
  • Burning Itching Skin
  • Aging
  • Lack of Energy
  • Water Retention Problems
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Difficulty Losing Weight
  • Excess Body Fat
  • Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
  • Persistent Constipation
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Poor Muscle Tone and Size
  • Kidney and Bladder Problems
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trouble Focusing or Concentrating
  • Short-Term Memory Loss
  • Headaches (Including Migraines)

Potential Consequences of Dehydration:

 * Even if you’re only suffering mild dehydration, your metabolism will slow down as much as 3%
* Increased chance for asthmatic individuals to suffer an attack
* The decreased blood volume can lead to an increased chance for a heart attack
* May compromise liver function as it causes the liver to be overloaded with toxins 

If you only drink water when you are thirsty, you probably aren't drinking enough. That’s because our thirst mechanisms aren't usually a good indicator of when we need water. When you become thirsty, chances are you’re already dehydrated. 

It is extremely important to overcome the symptoms of dehydration in adults as it could lead to dire consequences. Energized water can more easily help the situation. It is structured in such a way that the cells in your body are more readily able to absorb the water.

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