What is dehydration?*
Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluid exceeds the amount taken in - this can result in the body's ability to function normally. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry or sticky mouth, increased thirst, low urine output or dark yellow urine, dizziness, confusion, fainting and decreased ability to sweat.
We naturally lose water throughout the day in our sweat, urine, stool and in the form of water vapor when we breathe. Along with this water loss, small amounts of electrolytes (or salts) are also lost. If we drink water when we are thirsty and consume a healthy whole-foods diet, we are able to maintain this careful balance. However, as riders, grooms, trainers, and stable managers, we are usually involved in strenuous physical activities when we are around the horses - when combined with the hot summer weather, we can easily become dehydrated.
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