If you’re from Utah, I’m sure you’ve noticed how hot it’s been over the last few weeks. Hydration is important any time of the year, but it becomes especially critical as temperatures rise. To make sure you and your loved ones stay hydrated, we’ve decided to write this blog to outline some of the things to watch out for that may indicate dehydration.

Feeling Dizzy or Lightheaded

Being adequately hydrated helps keep your blood flowing correctly; without proper blood flow to your brain, you’ll start feeling dizzy or lightheaded. If you notice yourself experiencing frequent dizziness or lightheadedness, it could be an indicator that you’re not getting enough fluid.

Dry Mouth

Feeling a lack of moisture or saliva in the mouth could indicate that you should be drinking more water. Drinking enough water helps with saliva production, so not feeling a normal amount of saliva might indicate dehydration.

Dry Skin

People can have dry skin for many reasons, but one of the most common ones is dehydration. Without proper hydration, your body doesn’t have enough water to keep your skin feeling hydrated and healthy, so it could be an indicator that there just isn’t enough water going into your body.

Fatigue

When there isn’t enough water in your system, there isn’t enough fluid in your cells. Not having enough fluid in your cells makes your heart have to work harder to pump nutrients around your body, which will make you feel fatigued. If you frequently feel fatigued, it may mean you’re experiencing dehydration.

Infrequent Urination

A healthy person should be urinating between four and ten times per day. Generally, urinating fewer than four times a day is a sign that a person needs to drink more water.

Extreme Circumstances

In more extreme situations, a dehydrated person might end up experiencing confusion, shock, or even fainting from the lack of water in their body. Each of these situations is very dangerous. Please get medical help right away if you or a loved one experiences any of these.

I hope this list is helpful in showing things to watch for to avoid dehydration. Dehydration is a serious condition, especially in hot weather. Please be safe and make sure to drink a healthy amount of water!

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