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We use a pretty simple analysis in the singing world... "Pee clear, sing clear." Basically, you should be urinating quite a few times per day, enough so each time, save for possibly the first thing in the morning, it runs clear.

Physiologically, I'm not positive that this is true for every person. I know in my experience, I can be urinating clear every 45 minutes, and still feel slightly dehydrated, and have a dry.

If you're training for athletics, especially distance athletics and ESPECIALLY if it's your first time, you should be very careful, and consult a doctor, trainer o mouth r nutritionist. It's a fine line between not enough water, causing dehydration, and too much water, which can cause hyper-hydration, or water poisoning. Essentially, that's an imbalance in electrolytes hindering brain function, and possibly causing death. It almost always occurs in athletes training or running an endurance race while drinking only water, instead of replenishing electrolytes.

That said, the first saying is definitely a starting point.

The normal daily turnover of water in your system (for adults) is 5-10%. When you take into account how much of your body is made up of water, this is quite a bit. Some of it comes from foods you eat, even prepared foods, and some from other beverages such as juice or coffee. However never underestimate how much water your body needs.

I personally find I need to drink much more than the expected amount, even on days I don't have time to exercise. I usually have the 8 glasses a day recommendation done well before lunch. However, I've also noticed that my kidneys seem to turn over a very high rate.

I remember reading somewhere that healthy human kidneys can only process 1 liter of water per hour. So don't drink that much unless you're sweating a lot. I wish I could find the link right now...

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The first signs are thrist,loss of appetite, dry skin, skin flushing ,dark colored urine, fatique, head rushes and chills. If the dehydrasion goes unabated, when fluid loss reaches %5, the symptoms are as follows:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased respiration
  • Decreased sweating
  • Decreased urination
  • Increased body temperature
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Tingling of the limbs

When the body reaches 10% fluid loss emergency help is needed IMMEDIATELY! 10% fluid loss and above is often fatal! Symptoms of severe dehydration include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Vomiting
  • Racing pulse
  • Shriveled skin
  • Dim vision
  • Painful urination
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Chest and Abdominal pain
  • Unconciousness
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The doctors can tell if you are dehydrated if you pee is yellow and the spit in your mouth is a sticky white substance.

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