What are the signs and consequences of dehydration?

The best method for assessing hydration status is to monitor the color of your urine. Your urine should be “light like lemonade,” NOT “dark like apple juice.” The darker your urine, the more dehydrated you are. “Clear like water” isn’t desirable either, as this is a sign you’re low on electrolytes (sodium and potassium), which can negatively impact performance, and how you feel.

If you fail to stay hydrated, you may experience the following: 

  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Inability to focus
  • Slower reaction time
  • Decreased speed
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased power
  • Decreased coordination
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