hydrationWATER! Drink more water! If you visit any high elevation town, chances are good that someone has recommended drinking more water, especially if you’re complaining of being tired or having a slight headache. On an average day, we hear about drinking water all the time, in the news, through social media, we hear about all of its benefits, and we even know that the human body is made up of about 70% water. We know that we should drink water all day, but a lot of people that are traveling may not realize they need more water than usual. Especially if they are traveling through a higher elevation (or air travel).

Higher elevations have a low humidity and lower air pressure, which can increase water loss through the skin. And many people experience decreased appetite and thirst, which can make it easier to become dehydrated.

Here are some signs of dehydration:

Mild to moderate:

  • Urine is a dark yellow and urine output is decreased
  • Fatigue
  • You’re thirsty!
  • Dry skin
  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Few or no tears
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Sudden lightheadedness

Severe:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Very dry mouth and skin
  • Little or no urination
  • Sunken eyes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fever
  • Can’t produce tears

If you’re experiencing mild to moderate dehydration, you can typically treat by increasing fluid intake. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, you may want to seek medical care.

Prevention:

  • Drink plenty of water on your way to higher elevations.
  • Remember, it’s best if you can prevent these issues in the first place, so keep a bottle of water with you and drink from it all the time!
  • Ease into all of your activities.
  • Consume foods like fruit and vegetables, these have high water content.
  • Remember, if you have any doubt about how you are feeling, get in contact with a health professional!

Disclaimer:
This site is provided for informational purposes only. The information here is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition, and should not replace the care and attention of qualified medical personnel. Use the information on these pages at your own risk, and, as with any information pertaining to health, nutrition, mental health, or fitness, consult your physician before making any changes that might affect your overall health.

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