What is dehydration?
According to the Mayo Clinic: “Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. If you don’t replace lost fluids, you will get dehydrated.”
It is essential to make sure you are drinking enough water on a day-to-day basis and especially when you are spending time outside or vigorously exercising.
How much are you supposed to drink?
On average men and women are supposed to drink between 2.7-3.7 liters of water each day. That water doesn’t have to come from drinks alone. The water in the food you consume counts towards your daily amount as well.
Men should drink more water than women and be closer to the 3.7 liters end of the range.
Always pack extra water
If you are planning on exploring and adventuring in hot weather, make sure you pack enough water and extra water. There is nothing worse than running out of water on a hot hike or mountain biking trip.
Don’t sure if you’re hydrated or not?
You can tell how hydrated you are by checking the color of your urine next time you use the bathroom. Light yellow/clear urine is a good sign that you are well hydrated. If it is darker colored, the odds are that you need to drink more water. Another sign of dehydration is if you are infrequently urinating or in small amounts.
Don’t get so caught up in having fun that you forget to take care of yourself. Your body requires water to function correctly. Every time you sweat, breath or use the bathroom, you are losing water. If not replaced, you could become dehydrated and start getting headaches, extreme thirst, dizzy, or fatigues. If you are feeling any of those symptoms or others, make sure to drink water and call a doctor if needed.