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Signs You Are Dehydrated



Aug 11, 2010
No.10 - You're overheating
Water plays a key role in body temperature regulation. When we begin to overheat, we sweat. By sweating, we lower our body temperature through evaporative cooling. Because sweat is mostly made up of water, when we***8217;re dehydrated, we***8217;ll stop sweating and can quickly overheat. Anyone who***8217;s ever suffered heatstroke understands the importance of hydration on a hot summer's day!

No.9 - You stop producing tears
It may sound silly, but if someone is outright bawling and they have nothing but dry eyes to show for it, then there***8217;s a good chance that they're dehydrated. Tears are actually used to clean and lubricate the eyes. Although tears for crying differ in composition from tears used for real lubrication, all tears contain water. So, if we're low on H2O, we may stop producing tears.

No.8 - You feel tired or fatigued
When we're properly hydrated, water moves from our cells into the bloodstream in order to maintain the appropriate amount of blood in our blood vessels and to regulate blood pressure. With chronic dehydration, blood volume and blood pressure may drop such that the oxygen content of blood drops as well. Without proper oxygen, our muscle and nerve functions slow down and we become easily fatigued

No.7 - You feel lightheaded or dizzy
With a drop in blood volume and pressure, dehydration can also cause us to feel lightheaded, faint or become dizzy. One of the key signs of dehydration-related dizziness is a sudden rush of lightheadedness when we stand up too quickly, a condition called orthostatic hypotension (medicine has a name for everything!).

No.6 - You get muscle cramps or spasms
Proper hydration is extremely important for the active male. Although it's not entirely understood how dehydration affects muscle function, it's probably related to an imbalance of electrolytes. Electrolytes like sodium and potassium are electrically charged ions that our muscles use to contract. If we're chronically dehydrated, we may develop a lasting electrolyte imbalance that can lead to continuous muscle cramping or spasms during or after exercise.

No.5 - You have heart palpitations
The heart needs a healthy and normal body environment in order to function properly. Because the heart is a muscle like any other, with reductions in blood flow and changes in electrolyte concentrations due to dehydration, the timing of our heart can be affected and we may begin to experience abnormalities in the heart's beating pattern (called palpitations).

No.4 - Your skin lacks elasticity
Dehydration reduces the elasticity of the skin (also known as "skin turgor"). Doctors may actually use skin elasticity as a quick check of dehydration through a special test called the "pinch test." Basically, the skin on the back of the hand is pinched and pulled upwards, and then released. Skin with normal turgor snaps rapidly back to normal while skin with decreased turgor remains elevated and drops slowly. Although this isn't the best test of dehydration, the elasticity of the skin is still a good sign to tell us if we're hydrated

No.3 - You're constipated
When we're healthy, the food we eat moves freely through our colons. The colon will absorb water from foods we've eaten while leaving behind waste. The waste left behind is what forms the stool itself. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or when muscle contractions are slowed. When wer'e dehydrated, the colon will try to conserve water and will absorb too much water from our food, causing our stools to become hard and dry. The result is constipation.

No.2 - Your urine is dark yellow
As blood pressure falls and tissue dries out in the dehydrated individual, the kidneys will kick into action and try to conserve water by concentrating the urine or by stopping the production of urine entirely. As the urine becomes more and more concentrated, its color will become darker and darker until it reaches shades of dark yellow or even amber.

No.1 - Your mouth is dry and your tongue is swollen
The No. 1 sign that you're not sufficiently hydrated is probably the most obvious: you're thirsty. The mouth dries out and your tongue becomes slightly swollen as your body cries out for hydration -- signs that should not be ignored. The best way to avoid dehydration is simply to drink water whenever thirsty. If, however, you're drinking enough water and you're still noticing signs of dehydration, then some other underlying condition may be source of your problem.


TID Lady Member
Mar 17, 2011
Always good to have a nice reminder I suppose

true. but man, everybody needs spoon fed these day! whatever happened to common sense!

and, if you get to these 10 things, you are very dehydrated and if you havent gotten it figured out by then..........
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Apr 21, 2011
true. but man, everybody needs spoon fed these day! whatever happened to common sense!

and, if you get to these 10 things, you are very dehydrated and if you havent gotten it figured out by then..........
being i guess part of the younger generation, kids are just spoiled these days. The middle class has just become too comfortable and parents instead of being hardasses like they should make up for lack of parenting by just letting their kids do what they want. Hell I use to be a little shithead teenager until I matured and realized that I have to rely on myself in this life, parents are just their to guide you, and most of the time they are doing it the best they can, too much technology, and media these days.


Oct 28, 2010
The pinch test is easy and something I do often as I work in the midwest heat. However, if your thirsty you are already dehydrated so that works too.