Feeling tired? A little run down? Dizzy or lightheaded? Headachy? These symptoms could be lots of things, including allergies, the common cold, or even COVID. But, these are also all signs of dehydration! We’re all susceptible to dehydration, especially in warmer weather, and when we’re physically active. Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough fluids to carry out normal functions. You can usually reverse mild to moderate dehydration by drinking fluids, such as water, fruit and vegetable juices, low fat milk, oral hydration solutions (like “Liquid IV”), and eating fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, citrus, and cucumbers. Young children and older adults are especially vulnerable to dehydration and need to be encouraged to drink fluids to keep their bodies healthy. The average adult needs to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to stay healthy, and more during warm weather, if they’re exercising, or if they’re ill. Severe dehydration can lead to serious medical consequences and requires immediate medical attention. Next time you’re feeling a little off, try increasing fluids and see if that helps! Take care of yourself and those around you and stay hydrated!
Written by Julie Ferguson, Administrator of Advanced Health Care