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Being Dehydrated Can Make You Tired, Grumpy and Sick


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  • It’s estimated that 20 percent to 30 percent of older adults are dehydrated, often due to water deprivation and the fact that people naturally have a lower volume of water in their body as they get older
  • Infants and children may also become quickly dehydrated, especially if they’re sick and suffering from vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bad breath, sugar cravings, decreased alertness and fatigue can all occur if you’re dehydrated
  • Typically, using thirst as a guide to how much water you need to drink is a simple way to help ensure your individual needs are met, day-by-day
  • You can also use the color of your urine as a guide; if it is a deep, dark yellow then you are likely not drinking enough water while a pale straw color or light yellow is typically indicative of adequate hydration

By Dr. Mercola

Have you ever been so busy you neglected to drink even a sip or two of water for an extended period, then suddenly realized you were incredibly thirsty and in need of a long drink? By replenishing your body's water supply when it tells you you're thirsty, you can often stave off dehydration. In fact, typically your body's physiologic thirst mechanism is triggered before you're dehydrated, giving you a chance to rehydrate before it's too late.

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