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Top 10 Effects Dehydration Can Have On The Human Body.

Updated on June 19, 2013
Is this how you see dehydration ?
Is this how you see dehydration ? | Source


Dehydration can have a massive effect on our bodies. Keeping hydrated is very important, especially for children and elderly people. Our bodies are made up of over 70 percent water so it is necessary not to lose too much of our body fluid.

There are a number of effects which are caused by dehydration, some of which are not instantly recognised and could be diagnosed as other things. A simple test can be done by pinching the skin on the back of your hand to check the elasticity. If when you pinch it together and release the skin it returns to normal rest within a couple of seconds then you are hydrated. If it goes back down slowly or even stays pinched then there is a likelihood you are dehydrated.

The consequences of being dehydrated can be life threatening depending on why, in fact you are dehydrated. Prolonged exposure to the sun and intense heat will cause this as the picture in the desert illustrates. Illness can also cause us to lose body fluid, especially if you have had food poisoning or something has caused you to vomit for prolonged periods. This causes a loss of fluid and needs to be replenished quickly.

There are quite a number of indicators which could lead you or a medic to believe your body is dehydrated. Below you will find what is believed to be the top 10 causes of dehydration.

Thirst is probably the best indicator of dehydration. If you are thirsty, it is too late, you are most certainly already dehydrated.

Pinch Test.

Top 10 Effects Dehydration Can Cause The Human Body.

# 1 Dry lips / mouth / thirst

# 2 Deep yellow urine

# 3 Confusion

# 4 Short term memory loss

# 5 Constipation

# 6 Fatigue / tiredness

# 7 Poor digestion

# 8 High blood pressure

# 9 Skin disorders

# 10 Premature aging

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    DDE, thanks for your comment.

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    One should consider drinking enough water to avoid dehydration, thanks for an interesting outlook on dehydration.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Neinahpets, thank you for commenting. It is always nice when something you write is of benefit to at least one person. That is the name of the game.

    Always exploring thank you once again for commenting on one of my articles. I can always rely on you for support.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Important info on a serious condition. Most people drink fluids but not enough water. Thank's for sharing..

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    Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

    Thank you for answering my question with a wonderful hub! Very informative!

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    JCielo, thanks for adding your insights, I appreciate it.

    Peachpurple, we should all drink plenty of water. As usual there is a fine line between drinking enough fluid and too much as some have found out.

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    peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    great details about dehydration. Most people don't drink much plain water but carbonated drinks. Voted up

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    JCielo 4 years ago from England

    I heard an interesting piece of information from an ex-SAS guy in Australia: He said that they were always taught to continuously sip water rather than wait until they felt thirsty. He went on to say that many people found dead of dehydration in the Australian outback actually still had water with them when they were found.

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    Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    ChitrangadaSharan, thanks for being the first to comment. You are right about taking care of the most vulnerable when it comes to dehydration.

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    Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    A useful and informative hub about dehydration. We should take particular care with regard to children and elderly persons.

    Thanks for sharing the details.