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Dehydration-What are the signs & symptoms?

Now that the warm weather is here, we need to think about dehydration. Dehydration is one of those things we really don't consider until it is too late. If you do not drink enough, spend time outdoors in warm weather, sweat too much, or have severe diarrhea, you can become dehydrated. Mild to moderate dehydration can be corrected by drinking more fluids, I recommend 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day. As a Chiropractor this is one of the regular recommendation I make to all of our patients at McLaughlin Care because in addition to the pure avoidance of dehydration it will help hydrate muscles and disc, relieving back pain. If the dehydration worsens and becomes severe dehydration, you may need to have IV fluids to correct the condition. I don't know about you but I don't even want to go that route! When I do nutritional counseling and lab work-ups on our patients we look for dehydration to stop it before these symptoms start!

Let's look at some signs and symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration before it's too late:

  • Having a dry mouth

  • Feeling fatigued or sleepy all the time

  • Having increased thirstiness

  • Having a decreased urine output with urine that is more yellow that it usually is

  • Having dry or flaky skin

  • Being dizzy

  • Having a headache from low blood volume in the brain

  • Crying without have many tears

If the dehydration is allowed to worsen and you continue to lose body water, you may see the following signs and symptoms:

  • A severe reduction in the output of urine or the absence of urine at all. If there is any urine produced, it will be scant in amount and a deep yellow color or amber/brown color.

  • Lightheadedness or severe dizziness that is worse when you stand up or get

up from a reclining position.

  • Orthostatic hypotension. This is a severe drop in blood pressure that occurs when you try to get up after sitting or lying down.

  • Rapid heart rate from the heart trying to compensate for a low blood volume.

  • Fever, which is usually low grade in nature

  • Seizures

  • Poor elasticity of the skin. When you pinch it, the skin tents up and doesn't go back to its normal position.

  • Being lethargic or confused

  • Suffering from extreme shock, which can be life threatening.

Dehydration has a way of sneaking up on you, especially if you are otherwise occupied with other things, such as the activity you are doing or are wrapped up in being sick with vomiting and diarrhea. As soon as you start to feel the symptoms, you need to be thinking about hydrating yourself. If you feel the dehydration is occurring due to a health issue, there are ways like body composition and lab tests to find out. We perform these in our office along with nutritional consultations to get to the cause of problem rather than just treating the symptoms.

Treating Mild To Moderate Dehydration

If the symptoms are mild and you can still drink, try to step up the amount of fluids you are taking in. Water is perhaps the best choice for treating dehydration. It will help you replace fluids that can be lost in sweating, vomiting, or having diarrhea.

A great choice for an anti-diarrheal is Metagenics, Ultra-flora Acute Care. This natural remedy will stop the diarrhea and recolonize your gut with the good bacteria without totally stopping you up.

Treating Severe Dehydration

If the dehydration is severe and you are suffering from some of the severe dehydration symptoms listed above, you need to consider receiving IV fluids.

So this summer be smart, drink lots of water, stay cool, and healthy. Don't forget about your furry friends as well they need water as much as we do! Of course is you need help with any of these conditions we are here for you. McLaughlin Care provides complete wellness care, including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutritional Counseling, Functional Fitness, rehab exercises and Advanced Lab work-ups. We also offer an 8 Weeks to Wellness program to help you lose weight, regain your perfect posture, lower your cholesterol, risk of diabetes and inflammation. 847-234-2346

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