Water accounts for 70% of our body, that’s why keeping hydrated in the body is essential to maintain healthy lifestyle. But, according to WHO (World Health Organization), 75% of people are getting through chronic dehydration. If you’re not sure that you are in dehydration or not, follow these questions to check yourself.
What’s the Difference between Dehydration and Chronic Dehydration?
Dehydration refers to a condition in which the body cannot function normally due to a lack of water in the body. It could be occurred by vomit, diarrhea, a severe sweat, or a decrease in water intake and you are able to feel it through a heavy thirsty, dizzy, and headache.
Unlike dehydration, Chronic Dehydration is the condition is which hydrated in the body is more than 2% below normal and lasts more than three months.
Lack of immediate symptoms due to severe dehydration, similar to thirst, makes contemporary individuals less aware of chronic dehydration. However, since water plays a crucial role in vital bodily functions such as temperature regulation and waste elimination in metabolism, even a small deficiency in hydration can lead to health issues such as decreased skin elasticity and increased muscle fatigue.
Self-Check List of Chronic Dehydration
- Drinking less than 3 cups of water on average per day for a month or more.
- Experiencing body swelling and a puffy feeling upon waking up on 7 or more days in a month.
- Having an average of 2 or fewer bowel movements per week.
- Having a relatively low daily urine output.
- Consuming alcoholic beverages an average of 4 or more times a week.
- Taking diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics 5 or more times a week on average.
- Feeling fatigued on 7 or more days in a month.
- Feeling vulnerable to cold or heat on 7 or more days in a month.
If you checked more than 4, you might think that you have chronic dehydration.
In order to prevent chronic dehydration, how about drinking water and keeping you hydrated right now?