Dehydration takes place when your body consumes less water than it spends; in other words, there is a deficit of fluid intake. Because the human body is made up mostly of water, it is paramount to consume copious amounts of water. Everyday, we naturally lose water when we perform basic activities like breathing, going to the bathroom, and sweating. In severe cases, dehydration may even cause death. Some of the main causes of dehydration include fever, loss of fluid through vomiting, diarrhea, or urination, and a lack of access to drinking water.
There are many symptoms that may be indicative of dehydration. They include, among others, an increase in thirst, a dry mouth or tongue, weakness, dizziness, fainting, and a lack of sweat. If you are experiencing a severe lack of body fluids, treatment will include measures to increase the water content of your body by proving drinking water and keeping body temperature in check. If you have gone long intervals without drinking water, make sure to bring a water bottle with you next time in order to avoid dehydration.