What is it?
Dehydrated means you do not have enough water in your body. To stay hydrated you need to drink a lot of water or fluids. As we get older our bodies have less total body water. We may also forget to drink enough water and other fluids during the day. If it is hot outside then we can get dehydrated even faster. Some of the medicine you may be taking can cause you to urinate more so that can also make you become dehydrated more quickly.
When you are dehydrated you can:
• feel weak or dizzy
• not see clearly
• have a bad headache
• feel shaky
• be more forgetful
• notice your urine is now dark
Your blood pressure and heart rate may get too low.
These problems can make you fall more easily or pass out. Being dehydrated can also cause harm to your kidneys, your heart, and your brain. Not being hydrated can even cause death.
How do I keep healthy?
• Check with your doctor to see if you have a limit on fluids (kidney or heart problems).
• Drink before you are thirsty.
• Drink even if you are not thirsty.
• Drink until your urine is clear.
• Keep a big glass of water near you always. Sip on it all day.
• Try to drink 8 glasses of fluid a day if no restrictions from doctor.
• Eat food that has water in it: green vegetables, watermelon.
Call your doctor or Nursewise if you are feeling dehydrated or
have any questions. Call 911 if you need help immediately.
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