Dehydration Symptoms

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Dehydration can manifest in many different ways so it’s important to know the symptoms. Most people know, when they’re in the heat outside, that they’re getting hot and usually compensate with some kind of liquid. However, there is a hidden source of dehydration and that is spending excessive time in air-conditioned or heated rooms – even airplanes.

The reason air-conditioning and heating are a problem is that they suck the moisture out of you. You can test this by placing a bowl of water in an air-conditioned or heated room and see how many days go by before there is no water left in the bowl. There is more information to be viewed at this link that will go into this in more detail. The purpose of this particular page is to list out the main symptoms of dehydration.

Below are symptoms of dehydration but it is vital to understand that drinking too much water can worsen dehydration.

Some Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • extreme thirst
  • fuzzy thinking
  • sinus problems
  • metabolism problems
  • aggravated asthma or chest complaints
  • sore throat
  • allergies
  • coughing
  • headaches
  • colds and ‘flu
  • sneezing
  • excessive urination*
  • blood pressure issues**
  • achy muscles
  • dizzy or light-headed
  • tired/fatigued
  • lacking energy
  • can’t sleep
  • nervous, can’t relax
  • depressed
  • feel upset or tearful
  • appetite loss
  • urine, dark-colored
  • dry mouth
  • skin flushing (not blushing but redness in other body parts)
  • dry skin
  • heavy-headed
  • racing heart
  • increased body temperature
  • headaches – mild to extreme
  • tingling of the limbs

*Excessive urination: If you hold a very dry sponge under the faucet and open it, the water basically just runs straight through with very little getting into the sponge. This is a simple analogy to explain the phenomena of cells being so dehydrated that the water just runs straight through. The water just goes through you, much like the water through the sponge. What this does is take minerals and other water-soluble vitamins with it. This just worsens the dehydration problem.

**Blood pressure: The adrenals are responsible for contracting and relaxing the blood vessels that lead to the heart, thus they are involved with controlling blood pressure. In order for them to carry out this function, they need salt, potassium, calcium and magnesium. If they have an adequate supply of these minerals, they can do their job. 

Symptoms of Severe Dehydration (Urgent Medical Attention Needed)

If anyone is showing any of these symptoms don’t mess around but get them to an emergency room fast. Severe dehydration can lead to death.

  • confusion
  • vision dimmed
  • difficulty breathing
  • seizures
  • chest and abdominal pain
  • unconsciousness
  • muscle spasms
  • racing pulse
  • shriveled skin
  • painful urination

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Should you have a problem, we advise you consult your health practitioner. Just make sure they don’t give you drugs when you’re dehydrated.