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How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

First, how is your water intake? There are, of course, difference ranges of water needed by each individual based on gender, size, climate, activity level, medications, etc. In general, the recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces - so a 200 pound person would want to drink 100 ounces of water. If it’s lunchtime and you’ve only had 8 ounces of water, you’re dehydrated!

Other symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include being thirsty or feeling like your mouth is dry, decreased urination, urine being a darker yellow color, having a headache, or experiencing muscle cramps.

More severe dehydration is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention! This includes symptoms of lack of urination, amber colored urine, dry/shriveled skin, dizziness/feeling lightheaded, confusion/delirium, and rapid heartbeat or rapid breathing.

So, something as simple (and sometimes annoying!) as water intake is a huge deal! Join us in trying to be better at it this summer, and especially keep an eye on children and older adults when the weather gets really steamy!

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