How do I know if I am getting dehydrated?

When becoming dehydrated, you are likely to experience, in order of increasing dehydration:

  • mild to severe thirst
  • dry lips and tongue
  • a decrease in the amount of urine passed, and it will appear darker than normal
  • faster breathing and faster heart rate than normal
  • weakness or light-headness (particularly when standing)
  • dry, wrinkly-looking skin with loss of skin elasticity
  • sunken eyes (in severe cases).
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