• Dr. Maya Pande

How To Know If You're Dehydrated.

Dehydration and pain relief

It's harder to drink water in the winter and you might not realize that you're dehydrated. An easy way to find out is to do this test.

Lay your hand palm down on a flat surface. Spread your fingers out as far as you comfortably can. Pinch a fold of skin on the back of your flat hand. Pull it up and hold it for 5 seconds before letting it go.

Does it snap back right away? Or did it take two seconds or longer for your skin to go completely flat? If it took longer than 2 seconds, you're probably dehydrated!

Even if your test result was a good one, it's important to drink enough water daily. Being properly hydrated can help improve cognition, may help you lose weight, plump up your skin so you might look younger and it can even help decrease your pain! How? Your joints will feel more cushioned because of increased fluid production and you'll have less inflammation.

We need about 2 litres of water a day to stay hydrated. More if you weigh over 200 lbs or if you're very active. If you don't like the taste of water, see if adding orange or cucumber slices help. Crushed up berries can also improve it. Carbonated water might be easier to take and if all these fail, you can add a little bit of fruit juice, like lemonade or orange juice, to your water to make it more palatable.

BTW, most of us just think we drink enough water. Check out the toilet next time you go. Your urine should be almost completely clear. Not any colour of yellow (unless you're taking vitamin B). If it's not, up your water until it is.

You won't drown. I promise.

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