Dehydration happens when you don't have enough water in your body. Water is essential in our body for breathing, digestion and every bodily function. Loosing water is normal and this can happen by urinating, sweating, vomiting and through diarrhea. Excessive lose of water may lead to dehydration. Below are 2 simple ways of checking if you're dehydrated;
a) Skin Test.
The skin elasticity can help you determine if you're dehydrated. To perform the test:
- Gently pinch the skin on your arm or stomach so that it makes a "tent" shape.
- Let the skin go.
- Check if the skin returns to normal in 1 to 3 seconds.
- If the skin is slow to return to normal, definitely you might be dehydrated.
b) Nail Capillary Refill Test.
When a nail is pinched, it whitens. This happens because blood is forced out. Under normal condition, blood returns in less than 2 seconds. It may take longer time for the blood to return if you're dehydrated. To perform the test:
- Hold the testing hand above and in front of your face.
- Press your nail bed until it turns white.
- Release the pressure.
- Count how many seconds it takes for color to return to your nail.
The two test above will make you understand if you're dehydrated or not. Incase you're dehydrated, drink enough water at least 3 liters per day.
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