Insight into: Dehydration

Do you know what signs to look for?

Dry mouth with thick saliva, headaches, sleepy or irritable, weakness, dizziness made worse when you are standing… sounds like a hangover? These are all symptoms of early to mild dehydration. This can happen from drinking alcohol as it suppresses your production of a hormone called vasopressin. It would normally tell your kidneys to reabsorb water rather than passing it along to your bladder. That  explains the 10 trips to the bathroom on a night out. It also makes your hangover worse the next day. Below are a list of signs to look out for:

Early or mild dehydration include:

  • Flushed face
  • Extreme thirst or unable to drink
  • Dry, warm skin
  • Can’t pass urine or reduced amounts, dark yellow colour
  • Dizziness, made worse when you are standing
  • Feeling Weak
  • Cramping in the arms and legs
  • Sleepy or irritable
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth with thick saliva

Moderate to severe dehydration include:

  • Heart failure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Convulsions
  • Sunken dry eyes
  • Fast but weak pulse
  • Severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs or back
  • Bloated stomach
  • Skin loses its firmness and looks wrinkled
  • Rapid and deep breathing – faster than normal
  • Lack of elasticity of the skin

Are You at Risk?

While anyone can become dehydrated, there are certain groups that are particularly at risk. Some of these are Infants, older people, diabetics and athletes. But what do you do to prevent dehydration? Drink plenty of fluids. Water is the best fluid to drink when dehydrated but also having a non-fizzy, low sugar sports drink will also help. This will replace electrolytes that have been lost, these are minerals such as chloride, calcium,magnesium, sodium and potassium. Long term dehydration can have serious effects on your health. Read our blog about what the benefits are of drinking enough water and how much you should be drinking!

Randox Health: What we do

Randox Health packages go beyond a health check. We have the world’s most comprehensive full-body health packages available on the market today, thanks to Randox patented Biochip Array Technology, which enables 100s of individual tests to be carried out from one sample. Giving you truly unrivalled knowledge about your health and wellbeing now and in the future, our goal is to help you extend your life. Your health matters to us. Above all we are committed to improving healthcare worldwide by identifying and preventing illness at the earliest possible stage.

How we can help you? Identifying the very first signs and risks of disease can help prevent health problems that may be on the horizon. Randox Health aim to do this before the appearance of unpleasant symptoms or illness. Prevention is better than looking for a cure. Long term mild dehydration may have caused damage to your health, our packages tests for up to 350 different biomarkers. Read about our packages here, or contact a member of our team for more information!

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