The temperatures are finally coming down in Chico as we get closer to Fall. It is natural to drink more fluids during the warmer months because we are hot. As we move into cooler months, it is important to keep drinking just as many fluids. Your body depends on water for survival so it is essential that you give it enough to work with every day.
How do I know if I’m dehydrated?
Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- No tears when crying
Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to act. It can be hard to recognize when you’re dehydrated, especially as you age. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.
How does dehydration effect my bladder?
Water helps your body filter out toxins and waste through your urine. Without a sufficient amount of water, your kidneys cannot properly filter out toxins and they begin to build up in your body. This can cause urinary tract infections which can be very painful and continue to damage the inside lining of your bladder. Some of our patients find that after experiencing a urinary tract infection, their IC flares up for 1-3 weeks. You can prevent this by drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day!