A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic maths, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. In fact, water makes up the most vital parts of our bodies – the human brain is 75% water, blood is 82%, two thirds of the weight of our whole bodies is water.

Dehydration Symptoms

Lack of sufficient water (Dehydration) has a number of wide-ranging side effects on the individual including:-

• Tiredness
• Headache
• Weakness
• Dry Skin
• Irritability
• Dry Mouth

If you’ve ever experienced any of these symptoms together, it might be surprising to know that a simple glass of water might have been the answer. It is recommended that we drink 8 glasses of water each day.

When to See a Doctor

Dehydration can usually be treated by drinking fluids. But if you faint or feel weak or dizzy every time you stand up you should visit your doctor, who will usually look for a cause for the dehydration and encourage you to drink more fluids.

If you’re more dehydrated than you realized you may need to receive fluids through an IV to speed up the re-hydration process. Occasionally, dehydration might be a sign of something more serious, such as diabetes, so your doctor may run tests to rule out any other potential problems.

In general, dehydration is preventable, and by continuing to drink plenty of water you can avoid it.

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