Summer Health Tips: The importance of hydration
Frank Wright, M.D.
Primary Care Physician
It’s estimated that over 70 percent of people are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration is really one of the main causes of fatigue during the day. Other symptoms of dehydration can be dry skin, constipation and dark urine.
One of the first things that people think they feel when they’re dehydrated is thirst, but actually that’s kind of a late sign.
We can monitor hydration by the color of our urine. Your urine should be either clear or pale yellow, and if it starts to get darker than straw color, it means that you’re slowly dehydrating.
We all tend to be mildly dehydrated if we don’t drink enough water. Certain drinks that we think are great for hydration can actually add too much sugar to our diet. Or, some of the energy drinks that have caffeine can dehydrate us more. So we have to be careful with those.
The best thing to drink is just plain water.