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10 Symptoms of Dehydration (and 1 Tasty Thing to Do About It)

We sent Kill Cliff blogger Nicole Gaddie down a very dry rabbit hole to satisfy our thirst for knowledge. You might want to crack open a can of Kill Cliff while you read this.

What Is Dehydration?

Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have as much water as it needs. After all, about two-thirds of your body is made up of water. Without enough water, your body can’t function properly. But you knew that.

 Fluids help your body digest and get rid of waste, lubricates your joints, delivers oxygen all over your body, regulates your body temperature, and balances your body’s chemicals. You might have known that.

Every day we lose water through sweating, tears, saliva, urination, bowel movements, and even breathing (didn’t know that!). However, usually we replace the lost liquids by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. Mild dehydration doesn’t usually cause problems but if it isn’t treated it can become severe dehydration, which is a medical emergency.

What Causes Dehydration?

There are many causes of dehydration. You might get busy with work meetings and not notice how little you’ve had to drink. Or maybe you’re working out in hot and humid weather and your body can’t cool down effectively because your sweat isn’t evaporating. 

Even more important, thirst isn’t always a reliable early indicator of your body’s need for water. Many people don’t feel thirsty until they’re already dehydrated. 

How to Tell If You Are Dehydrated

Here are 10 (and more!) symptoms of dehydration:

  • Less frequent urination
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Dizziness, light-headedness
  • Confusion, headache, delirium
  • Fatigue
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dry, sticky mouth, cracked lips
  •  Extreme thirst
  • Loss of appetite but maybe craving sugar
  • Swollen feet, muscle cramps, flushed skin

What Bad Things Dehydration Does

Dehydration can lead to serious complications. Here are some of the effects:

  • Heat injury, ranging in severity from mild heat cramps to potentially life-threatening heatstroke.
  • Urinary and kidney problems, causing urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and even kidney failure.
  • Seizures: Electrolytes such as potassium and sodium help carry electrical signals from cells. If your electrolytes are out of balance, the messages can become mixed up which can lead to involuntary muscle contractions and sometimes a loss of consciousness.
  • Low blood-volume shock, one of the most serious and sometimes life-threatening complications of dehydration. This occurs when low blood-volume causes a drop in blood pressure and a drop in the amount of oxygen in your body.
  • Brain function: Severe dehydration shrinks blood vessels in the brain. When there aren’t enough fluid levels in your brain, your memory and coordination may be affected.

Kill Cliff: How to Cure Dehydration in a Hurry

What’s the fastest way to cure dehydration? Drink water and fluids immediately. Common sports drinks can help replenish electrolytes but they are also packed with simple sugars. That sugar can cause your glycemic index to spike—followed by an extremely unpleasant crash.

Kill Cliff’s Recovery drinks blend B-vitamins and electrolytes to support hydration and energy, offering you clean hydration whenever you need it. Naturally sweetened, no artificial flavors, and only 15 calories per can.

Dehydration Recovery Time

If the problem that caused dehydration is resolved and the person gets the right amount of fluid, mild to moderate dehydration can resolve in less than a day.

Real Science + Killer Taste = Kill Cliff CBD. Enjoy.

Buzz McClain
KILL CLIFF®

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