KEEP AN EYE ON THAT PEE!

The color of your urine tells you how well hydrated your body is.

I have posted a chart for you to look at that shows the different colors of urine and what they signify.

Watching the color of your urine along with watching for these common symptoms, one may be able to prevent dehydration(Warning: As the level of water loss increases, more symptoms can become apparent)

*dry mouth

*the eyes stop making tears

*sweating may stop

*muscle cramps

*nausea and vomiting

*heart palpitations

*lightheadedness (especially when standing)

What’s the big deal about dehydration?

Well if your body does not get an adequate supply of water, then after time your body tries to maintain cardiac output (the amount of blood that is pumped by the heart to the body); and if the amount of fluid in the intravascular space is decreased, the body tries to compensate for this decrease by increasing the heart rate and making blood vessels constrict to try to maintain blood pressure and blood flow to the vital organs of the body. This coping mechanism begins to fail as the level of dehydration increases.

With severe dehydration, confusion and weakness will occur as the brain and other body organs receive less blood. Finally, coma and organ failure, and death eventually will occur.

You think you are drinking enough but you still experiencing symptoms of dehydration? Check your sodium intake as it may be too, high check your medications, are you ingested food dyes as some may discolor your output and taking laxatives could alter the color.  But as always, consulting a doctor is always the best option.

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