The proper amount of consumption of water is a concern for many of us since we tend to ignore signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, headache, fatigue, dizziness and decreased urination. Taking certain medications, not feeling thirsty, or having a health condition that makes it difficult to drink can also contribute to dehydration.
Total beverage intake and dehydration has been a ‘hot’ topic in St. Johns County since we live in a warm, sunny climate. So what are other risks associated with dehydration? If you answer’ Yes’ to any of the statements below you are likely dehydrated or at a high risk for becoming dehydrated:
- I am older than 85 years
- I am female
- I have diabetes, urinary incontinence, or kidney disease
- I have frequent fevers, vomiting or diarrhea.
- I take laxatives, diuretics, or sedatives
- I drink less than six cups of fluids each day.
- I often have dark yellow urine
- I have problems swallowing
Always remember to drink small amounts of fluids throughout the day, even if don’t feel that dry mouth yet! I make sure every morning to bring my water bottle filled with ice and water to work as my reminder to drink. Add a nice little splash of lemon or lime to it to add that extra taste.