What Happens to Your Body When it is Dehydrated

Dehydration occurs when a person does not have enough fluid in their body. This can be because a person either does not consume enough fluid or if they lose too much fluid. Either way, dehydration is dangerous for your body and comes with several negative symptoms.

Some Sources of Dehydration

While dehydration is simply a lack of water, there are some other, often surprising, sources that can cause your body to be dehydrated. Some of these things are:

  • Menstruation
  • Prescription medication and supplements
  • Low-carb diets
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Stress

“While anyone can become dehydrated, certain groups – including infants, children, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, people living at high altitudes, and endurance athletes – tend to be at greater risk.”

How Dehydration Affects Your Body

Your body is filled with water and needs it to survive. When you deprive your body of water, it does not function well. Water carries blood and oxygen to all the organs in your body. Your brain, for example, is made of 73% water, so it is so vital that it stays hydrated. If your brain does not receive the water it needs, it will not be able to function as well. This goes for every part of your body.

Symptoms of Dehydration

When your body is not receiving enough water, you will face several unpleasant symptoms. It is easy to know if your body is dehydrated.

Symptoms Of Mild to Moderate Dehydration

  • Thirst
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Infrequent or Dark Urine
  • Dry/Inelastic Skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or Lightheadedness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Bad Breath
  • Cravings For Sweets
  • Bad Mood

Symptoms Of Severe Dehydration

If you experience any of these, seek medical attention

  • No Urine/Very Dark Urine
  • Extremely Dry/Shriveled Skin Lacking Elasticity
  • Severe Dizziness or Lightheadedness
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Unconsciousness
  • Delerium
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Not Sweating When You Should Be

Symptoms Of Dehydration In a Young Child or Infant 

  • Dry Mouth and Tongue
  • No Tears When Crying
  • No Wet Diapers For Three Hours
  • Sunken Eyes and Cheeks
  • Sunken Soft Spot On Top Of Skull
  • Irritability

As you can tell, dehydration is not fun and it is especially not good for your body. Avoiding dehydration is easy. All you have to do is drink water. One way to make sure your body stays completely healthy is to make sure the water you put into it is safe and clean. It is a good idea to have your water tested to make sure this is the case. Since water is something your body needs in abundance every day, make sure you are filling your body right.