How do I know if I’m dehydrated?
Symptoms of dehydration include the following:
Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
Sleepiness or fatigue
Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
No tears when crying
Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.
Who is at higher risk of dehydration?
People are at higher risk of dehydration if they exercise at a high intensity, have certain medical conditions, are sick, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst.
You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:
Have certain medical conditions, such as kidney stones or bladder infection
Are pregnant or breast feeding
Will be outside during hot weather
Will be exercising
Have a fever
Have been vomiting or have diarrhea
Working in heated environments
Tips for staying hydrated
Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Purchasing bottled water is expensive and creates plastic bottle waste. Carry a reusable water bottle and fill it from the tap instead.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
Be sure to drink water before, during, and after a workout or working in the heat.