de-hy-drate [dee-hahy-dreyt] verb, -drat-ed, -drat-ing. -verb (used with object) to deprive (a chemical compound) of water or the elements of water. to free (fruit, vegetables, etc.) from moisture for preservation; dry. to remove water from (the body or a tissue).
Signs you might be dehydrated:
- Dry mouth
- Small amounts of urine or can’t pee.
- Urine color is dark orange with a pungent smell
- Can’t sweat
- Elevated heart rate
- Sunken eyes
- Dry eyes/can’t produce tears
If you are still unsure, a simple way to tell:
Hold your hand/forearm out beforeyou and pressagainst the back of your hand/forearmwith several fingers for 2-3 seconds. When you lift your fingers your skin should haveturned white. If the white spot fades returning to normal immediately you are NOT dehydrated. However if it takes a long period of time for that white to fade you are!
How do you prevent dehydration? Well, that’s a silly question! It’s as simple as drinking water! Not something that “has water in it” like soda, milk, juicy-juice… those aren’t water. I’ll say it again. Drink water!
What are Electrolytes? I know we see those in all kinds of new spots drinks and water bottles now. “Any of various ions (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride,and bicarbonate) required by cells to regulate the electric charge and flow of water molecules across the cell membrane.” Yes, thank you webster!
If that was still too confusing, they are basicly happy little ions that pull out the stun batton to keep the water flowing through your system. Like drinking coffee to keep yourself awake. With or without Electrolytes as long as you keep yourself hydrated with water you will be just fine