Are You Hydrated?
Because the adult body is composed of approximately 60 percent water dehydration can be a drag and result in low blood pressure, fatigue, and poor cognition, it can even impact mood. Staying hydrated is incredibly important, after all no one likes an unhappy camper.
But wait, how do I know if I’m hydrated enough? Testing 1, 2, 3 . . .
It’s a common misconception that thirst alone is the only sign of dehydration and using thirst as an indicator can be misleading. Our thirst response can decrease with age, adults over 50 for example, often do not experience thirst as intensely as those under 50. It’s important to watch out, you oldies but goodies. Here are three other, at-home methods of determining whether you’re hydrated or on the verge of dehydration (fluid loss).
- The turgor test.
Turgor whattttt? Skin elasticity, or skin turgor, can be measured quite simply. It’s an assessment of your skins elasticity to determine the bodies’ extent of dehydration or fluid loss and only requires a pinch of the skin. Pinch the skin found on your arm or abdomen, if the skin does not return to its normal state within a 1-2 seconds, your skin turgor may be poor which can correlate to dehydration. So go ahead and pinch yourself! You’re not dreaming.
- The nail capillary refill.
When you pinch your nail bed it typically turns white. This occurs because the blood is forced away from the nail bed for a second. When you are hydrated the blood and color can return to your nail bed in two seconds or less. However, if you’re not hydrated enough you may find that it takes longer for the nail bed to return to its normal pinkish hue. The nail capillary refill test is also easy to perform, but you may want to skip out on your next manicure for this test. Hold the hand you wish to test above your heart. Pinch the nail bed until it turns white, then release, count how many seconds it takes for the color to return to your nail bed.
- Looking at the color of your urine.
The color of your pee, oh my god, did we really say pee? Yes, your pee, may help you determine your level of hydration. On the spectrum, dark yellow to amber colored urine, is an indication that you may need to drink more water. When urine is light in color it is usually because you are well hydrated. Urine, or hydration charts can help decode how levels of hydration link to your urine color.
While every body is different most people can require about eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily, which equals about 2 liters, or about half a gallon of water. Who knew we had the potential to become tiny camels? If you are more active, sweat more, and place greater demands on your muscles you may need more than the average amount of water to maintain hydration. Electrolytes can help to replace what you lost in sweat from a vigorous workout or from being exposed to extremely hot or humid environments. A two-hour workout may also require drinking up to a gallon of water that day to avoid dehydration. Imagine that, a tiny camel in workout gear.
In most cases, you can test your level of hydration at home and treat dehydration by simply drinking more water.
If you’re having a challenge with just water Drinkfinity is here to help.
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It’s important to seek immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of severe dehydration. These include stomach cramping, fainting or seizures, low blood pressure, heatstroke, delirium or hallucinations.