January 15, 2019 |  written by IVX Health

How to Tell If You’re Dehydrated: Learn the Signs and Symptoms

You’ve probably heard that you’re supposed to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. But if you’re like most people, you might not be great at keeping track. It’s easy to get dehydrated quick, so read on to discover the signs and symptoms so you can stay healthy.

Dehydration Symptoms

#1: Thirst

The first sign of dehydration, conveniently, is thirst. So if you’re feeling thirsty, don’t ignore it. Get up and drink a tall glass of water to ward off further symptoms.

#2: Fatigue

Feeling sleepy or sluggish? You might be dehydrated. Your body and brain need water to operate efficiently, and you’ll find your body trying to conserve energy if you’re not drinking enough.

#3: Headache

Have a headache you just can’t shake? Dehydration actually causes your brain to shrink, which is what’s triggering that headache. Dehydration also reduces the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

#4: Concentrated Urine

The main ingredient in urine is water. So if you’re not drinking enough, you’ll notice your urine is more yellow in color. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you might be.

#5: Muscle Cramps

Ever had a charlie horse? You might be experiencing dehydration. Dehydration isn’t just about water; it’s also about electrolytes. The combination can cause your muscles to spasm painfully.

How to Rehydrate

If you think you’re suffering from mild dehydration, the most important thing you need to do is rehydrate. Take small drinks of water or electrolyte-containing drinks or even ice chips.

If you’re overheated, remove extra clothing, and get to a temperature-controlled area if possible. Consider taking a luke-warm, but not cold, shower.

Take it slow, and know that your body needs some time to reabsorb water and rehydrate.

The best strategy is to avoid dehydration to begin with, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

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