Summer is almost here! Whether you’re working out or laying out, make sure to keep yourself properly hydrated. Dehydration occurs when the body is low on fluids and can’t properly function. The effects of dehydration range dramatically from simply feeling thirsty to being dangerous including blood clots or seizures. You may not even notice the signs of dehydration until it has become severe, so it’s critical to take steps to stay hydrated especially during the upcoming summer heat. Here are a few signs that you’re dehydrated and what you can do to prevent dehydration. Signs of Dehydration: \tThirst \tDry Mouth \tLess Urine or Dark Urine \tMuscle Cramps \tHeadache \tFeeling Tired or Sluggish \tFeeling Confused or Dizzy Prevention Tips: \tDrink plenty of fluids and drink before you feel thirsty \tTry to avoid the major heat of the day \tTake frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning \tWear loose and breathable clothing \tUse a hat and sunglasses to provide additional sun protection \tUse a personal fan with mister to spray luke warm water on exposed skin If you want to read more on dehydration and prevention, check out the links below: Mayo Clinic WebMD Everydayhealth.com Please seek medical attention when needed for dehydration.