Early Signs of Dehydration

Senior Man Relaxing After Exercise

You have commonly heard the phrase, “MAKE SURE YOU ARE DRINKING ENOUGH WATER.” Hydration is important for the body not only as a daily practice, during physical activity, but also plays an important role in the aid of weight loss. The human body is made up of approximately 50-75% water. The percentage of water varies based on age and gender.

Fluid intake is essential to good health. Water is needed to regulate your temperature, maintain joint health and to deliver essential vitamins and minerals. Dehydration leads to impaired nerve and muscle function due to the imbalance of sodium and potassium within the body. Brain and muscle function become impaired causing decreased muscle coordination and impaired athletic performance.

Early signs and symptoms of dehydration include headaches, dry mouth, chills, dry skin, excessive thirst, and fatigue. The color of ones urine is a good indicator of proper hydration. Improper hydration will cause your urine to become a dark yellow. Signs of worsening dehydration are increased body temperature, heart rate and body temperature. If you become confused, have vision disturbances and difficulty breathing seek immediate medical attention.

Your risk of dehydration increases when you sweat excessively, increase your exercise intensity and duration, when the temperature is high and at high altitudes.


  • Did you know you burn approximately one calorie for
    each cold fluid ounce of water you drink?
  • Effect on physical performance: Lean muscle in the
    human body is made up of ~80% water. Lean muscle
    needs water to properly function. Therefore by
    increasing your water intake, you can increase you
    strength and endurance.
  • Water is responsible for maintaining a healthy
  • Water assists with transportation and absorption of
    vitamins within the body.
  • Water aids in digestion, transports and removes waste
    products from the blood.
  • Water also helps support the immune system.
  • You should be drinking ½ oz of water for every pound
    that you weigh each day. Enjoy the benefits that such a
    simple natural substance can bring!