- Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- No tears when crying (http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/food-nutrition/nutrients/hydration-why-its-so-important.html)
It is important not to let dehydration sneak up on you and to be sure that you are drinking enough water. Most of us have heard that 8 glasses (eight 8 oz. glasses) of water per day are what is required to keep us hydrated. However, everyone is different, so this number may be lower or higher.
While water is the best and most effective way to help yourself stay hydrated, there are other things that you can add to your diet that will help. Fresh fruits and vegetables, along with their juices contain water in a way that is easy for your body to access. Other drinks, such as coffee, tea, and soda, can help you add water to your body, but they often have other ingredients, such as caffeine and sugar, that can be counterproductive. Sports drinks can be helpful if you are sweating excessively, for example when you are exercising at a high intensity for a length of time, and they can help provide electrolytes, which will help balance out your body's nutritional needs.
For more tips on how to stay hydrated, check out these sites:
- 6 Tips for Staying Hydrated - http://www.thedailymeal.com/tips-staying-hydrated-0
- Need a Refill? - http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-242-302--14398-0,00.html
- 10 Easy Tips to Stay Hydrated - http://voices.yahoo.com/10-easy-tips-stay-hydrated-2983315.html
Do you have any tips to share on how you stay hydrated during these hot summer months? We would love to hear your ideas!