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Summer is almost here and that means more time outside playing, working out, and just having fun. Unfortunately, all of that activity sometimes means we forget one of the most important rules of summer: staying hydrated! Water makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every single system in the body depends on having adequate amounts of fluids in order to function properly. Water flushes toxins from vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose, throat, and eye tissues. Even mild dehydration can disrupt these systems draining you of your energy and causing some serious side effects. Here are 10 signs that you may be dehydrated!

1) You’re Thirsty

This seems like a given but you’d be surprised how many people mistake thirst for hunger. The adult thirst mechanism can be weak so the sensation of thirst can easily mislead the body into thinking that it needs food, not water. Chances are if you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

2) You Feel Tired, Confused, or Angry

Studies by the National Institutes of Health have found that even mild levels of dehydration can impact your mood and cognitive functions. Concentration, alertness, and even short-term memory functions can all be impaired because your body doesn’t have the fluid it needs to function properly.

3) You Have Headaches or Experience Disorientation

Dehydration means your body is robbed of the fluids it needs to send to other parts of your body. This can result in dizziness and headaches. Some studies have even suggested that dehydration can trigger migraines.

4) You Get Muscle Cramps

When you workout it’s natural for your muscles to feel tired or ache. What’s not normal is experiencing numerous muscle cramps. Muscle cramping is a sign of dehydration. People may also experience reduced endurance, increased fatigue, and even dwindling motivation. Dehydrated Muscle Cramps

5) You Have Dry Eyes or Blurred Vision

Parts of the body have to remain moist in order to function properly, that includes your eyes. When your overall body fluid levels drop you eyes can become dry and irritated. Some people can even experience blurred vision, all because they are not properly hydrated.

6) Your Urine is Dark

It’s not something people generally want to talk about but your bathroom habits can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your body. Dark urine is a red flag. Ideally, you urine should be a light yellow or straw-colored. Another sign that you are dehydrated is not urinating enough. After all, not much can come out if you aren’t putting enough in.

7) You’ve Got Dry Skin

The skin contains about 30% water, which contributes to skins’ plumpness, elasticity, and resiliency. If you pinch your skin and it looks thin or doesn’t snap back quickly you are probably dehydrated.

8) You Aren’t Sweating

One of the more serious signs of dehydration is when your body stops sweating. When you don’t have enough fluid left in your body to produce sweat it means that your body is selectively shutting down some processes. Halting the body’s natural cooling system traps heat in your body and can raise your core temperature. Dehydrated Not Sweating

9) You’ve Got a Fever

Dehydration can lead to hyperthermia and fever like symptoms. You’re temperature can rise and you may even feel chills.

10) Your Heart is Working Harder

This is a tricky one that can be harder to recognize. 60% of the human body is water. One of the largest reservoirs we have is our blood. Blood volume, blood pressure, and heart rate are all closely linked. Blood volume is tightly regulated by water intake. Being properly hydrated can reduce heart rate and help prevent the heart from working harder than it has to.

What To Do When You’re Dehydrated

The Institute of Medicine recommends women take in 2.7 liters of water a day. For men that recommended amount jumps to 3.7 liters of water a day. If you are spending excessive time in the Texas sun or doing physical activity that number can rise significantly. With our busy lives and jam-packed schedules it can be hard to take in that much liquid in one day. IV Hydration is your direct link to delivering vital fluids and vitamins straight into your body. In as little as 30 minutes IV Hydration floods the body with the liquid it craves and fights back against the dangerous symptoms of dehydration. Up to 75% of the American population suffers from chronic dehydration. Take a few minutes to put you body back into peak performance with IV Hydration. Sources: Mayo Clinic National Institutes of Health- NCBI Water, Hydration and Health Medical