10 Signs of Dehydration

Waiter, Water please!

IT’S EASY TO FORGET HOW IMPORTANT HYDRATION IS FOR US. 

In fact, you may not even feel thirsty and still be suffering from dehydration. It happens every easily in the warm months even when you are merely sitting in the shade. These hot summer days can really pack a punch and can especially take a toll on retirement age people as our bodies start to lose the ability to absorb and process fluids.  Despite all that, hydration is a vital component to your everyday health. 

Maybe there’s something to that old saying of 8 glasses of water a day? Most people know that 60% of body weight is water. What most people don’t realize is that it only takes a 1 to 2% drop in that percentage to cause dehydration and as you age, the body is less able to recognize the signs. 

 

HERE ARE 10 SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION

1.      Headaches

2.      Dizziness or Drowsiness

3.      Constipation

4.      Muscle cramps

5.      Nausea

6.      Vomiting

7.      Confusion

8.      Dry mouth

9.      Darker urine with less volume

10.   Dry skin lacking elasticity

 At Churchill Estates we encourage hydration and supply glasses of water with each meal, and have an assortment of herbal teas at each table. We also have a juice bar with four types of juice, hot cocoa, and regular and decaf coffee available all day long.

Many fruits and vegetables are almost entirely made of water and can contribute to your daily water intake. Hit the salad bar every day and fill your plate with Lettuce, apples, oranges, or the old hydration favorite watermelon.

 Soups have high water content and can be very nourishing, can help improve digestion, brain function, and joint health. We make most of ours from scratch.

So keep that water bottle handy, and full!