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Dehydration: Risks, Warning Signs, and How to Avoid It?

What is Dehydration?

It’s a warm summer day, and you’re feeling parched. Make sure you reach for a tall glass of water. You’re already beginning to feel the signs of dehydration.

Dehydration is a condition in which you lose so much body fluid that your body can’t function normally. It occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in. Dehydration may happen on a particularly hot day if you sweat a lot, or if you’re sick with fever, diarrhea, or vomiting. It can also occur if you don’t drink enough water, or if you’re taking a medication that increases your urine output.

When you aren’t properly hydrated, your body’s natural response is thirst. You should respond to thirst right away by drinking fluids — preferably water. You can usually treat mild dehydration by drinking more fluids. But dehydration isn’t always easy to spot. It can be found in the aging parent who forgets to drink water or the fussy baby who can’t tell you they’re thirsty. Make sure to keep your loved ones hydrated. If you or a loved one has a moderate to severe case of dehydration, you may need to go to the hospital to get IV fluids. Left untreated, severe dehydration can be fatal.

What Does Water Do for Your Body?

Up to 78% of your body is made of water. Your brain is made up of 73% water, and so is your heart. Your bones are 31% water, your muscles and kidneys are 79%, and your skin is 64%. A whopping 83% of water makes up your lungs.

What Are the Symptoms of Dehydration?

If you suspect that you or your child is severely dehydrated, seek immediate medical attention. Signs of dehydration in kids include:

Dehydration symptoms in adults may include:

Dehydration symptoms in adults may include:


Whether you’re caring for an aging parent, a fussy baby, or yourself, ensuring adequate hydration is essential.

At Hummingbird Senior Living Resort, we understand the significance of hydration for our residents’ well-being. Our meal plan is thoughtfully designed to include foods rich in water content.

With a delightful array of soups, fruits, and vegetables, we aim to ensure good hydration for our residents. From refreshing fruit salads, nourishing green salads, comforting soups, and hearty stews, our menu is thoughtfully designed to provide a delicious way to replenish fluids and stay hydrated. Soups, in particular, are a favorite amongst our residents, offering a comforting and hydrating choice for meals.

If you are looking for a place to retire comfortably, visit Hummingbird Senior Resort Living in Sierra Vista, AZ, where our residents are our first priority.

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