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During the typical day, we take in water through the fluids we drink and the foods we eat. Over the same course of time, we also expel water through urine and stool, perspiration, and the breathing process. When the quantity of water we take in is less than the quantity of water we expel, we become dehydrated.
A drop in the bodyís water level can be very dangerous. It reduces a personís ability to function on both a physical and mental level. When not reversed, dehydration progresses from the mild to the moderate and severe stages. This can result in hospitalization or even death.
Water loss is often associated with hot weather and overexertion. However, there are other factors that can also reduce fluids in the body. (See list below.) Many of these other factors occur more frequently as we age, making dehydration a common health issue among seniors.
Here are symptoms that may be apparent with people who are suffering from mild dehydration. These red flags may also be symptoms for other physical or mental problems. So please consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis and guidance.
Dehydration can be the result of not enough water taken into the body, too much expelled from the body or a combination of both. Here are some common causes of dehydration.