Summertime is a much-anticipated season,
especially for those of us who enjoy getting outside and staying as active as
possible. Despite its “lazy days” reputation, summertime can prove strenuous.
Increased activities and chances to embark on summer adventures can take their
toll, if not properly planned for, in advance.
When we say toll, we’re talking about
dehydration. Even professional athletes who take every precaution to optimize
their performance - between arming themselves with the negative ion and
magnetic technology inherent in IonLoop bracelets, to fueling their bodies with
the freshest, cleanest, most natural ingredients, and maintaining an ironclad
commitment to their fitness regimen - even they can encounter the damaging
effects of dehydration.
Regardless of your athletic skill or fitness
level, our IonLoop team wants to make you aware of the top three tell-tale
signs of dehydration so that you can tackle this trouble, without risking
Top Three Tell-Tale Signs of
The good news about dehydration is that the
warning signs are clear and numerous. In fact, Road Runner Sports goes so far
as to detail ten “Warning Signs of Dehydration and Why Every Runner (Yes,
You!) Needs a Race Hydration Plan.” Whether or not you
harbor any running ambition, dehydration does not discriminate. We are all
susceptible to suffering dehydration, regardless of age, athleticism, or
overall health condition. For that reason, here are what we consider the top
three signals that you’re levels are in distress…
Dehydration Tell #1 -- Thirst
Unfortunately, some folks make the mistake of
thinking that the sensation of thirst is a lead up to dehydration. The truth
is, when you feel thirsty, your body has already entered a dehydrated state.
Thirst is not a precursor to the problem. Think of it this way, you know the
expression, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Thirst is the smoke.
Dehydration Tell #2 -- Fatigue
Naturally, this one is tricky because you
might feel fatigued for reasons that have nothing to do with dehydration.
However, if you are engaging in physical activity and find yourself struggling
to keep pace or complete a task that you otherwise could manage without issue,
you’re likely dehydrated. This isn’t really a mind over matter moment, commonly
experienced when we challenge ourselves to push the boundaries of what we know
we can accomplish. When routine exercise feels harder than usual, it’s time to
stop and hydrate before risking further difficulties.
Dehydration Tell #3 -- Dryness
If your mouth feels like the desert and your
tongue like a tumbleweed, you’re dehydrated. Many people also experience
excessively dry eyes or the inability to produce tears (most often observed in
babies and young children). Any signs of dryness like these are definite
indicators that your body is depleted of the hydration it requires for baseline
happens when that baseline is compromised by dehydration?
The Damage Resulting from
A quick consult with WebMD demonstrates that dehydration can lead to serious complications,
like heat injuries (specifically, cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke);
urinary or kidney problems (including urinary tract infections, kidney stones,
and possible kidney failure); seizures and/or the potential loss of
consciousness; and finally, low blood volume, diagnosed as hypovolemic shock,
which results when low blood volume causes a decrease in both blood pressure
and the levels of oxygen in your body.
Your best defense against dehydration is to
hydrate early and often. In other words, don’t wait until your thirsty to reach
for your water bottle. Keep hydration close at hand and stay strong this