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As we know, water is key to survival and when we live in a warm humid environment such as that of Queensland, it is much easier to lose large amounts of water on a regular basis without realising we aren’t replacing it.

If you’re thirsty, that’s the most obvious sign you’re dehydrated, meaning your body doesn’t have enough fluid to function properly, however being dehydrated doesn’t just mean your body is losing water — it also means you’re losing electrolytes, such as salt and potassium, which help your body breathe, move, talk, and do all the other things it needs to do to stay up and running.

In addition to losing water in the ‘usual’ ways such as exercise and sweating from climate, we can become dehydrated without realising it via disease, being vulnerable (ie the elderly and the young), taking medication, poor diet and more.

How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

  • Some of the common symptoms include very dry skin which remains “tented” after being pinched and takes some time to return to its normal, flat appearance
  • Muscle cramps can also occur while exercising, particularly in hot weather. As the muscles work harder and harder, they can seize up from the heat itself. Changes in the electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, can lead to muscle cramping as well.
  • Dehydration can also cause a headache and trigger a migraine.
  • More severe dehydration symptoms include fever, dizziness, chills, tiredness and more.

Best Ways to Beat Symptoms and Stay Hydrated

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