Symptoms of Dehydration


Woman Drinking Water

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is defined as the excessive loss of body fluid.

The main reason for dehydration at Optimum Health is a lack of water consumption. Therefore, we like to think of dehydration as having less body fluid than you should due to lack of water consumption.  Since dehydration can also be due to a loss of body fluid, we must consider this option as well.


What are the Symptoms of Dehydration?

Initial Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • Thirst
  • Discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Decreased urine volume
  • Dark urine
  • Unexplained tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of tears when crying
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  • Dizziness when standing due to
    Orthostatic hypotension insomnia
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Cloudy urine
  • Stinging during urination
  • Hyperalbuminemia
  • Bad moods
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Dehydration that Athletes may Experience:

  • Suffer a loss of performance of up to 30%
  • Flushing
  • Low endurance
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Rapid onset of fatigue

When Do Symptoms of Dehydration Occur?

Symptoms generally become noticeable with mild dehydration.  That is to say, when 1- 2% of one’s normal water volume is lost.

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