Hydration is key to optimum health and performance. Being dehydrated can cause many health issues on a short and long-term basis. Depending on the workplace environment, employees can be exposed to extreme heat which can rapidly cause dehydration. Protect your employees by using a dehydration test to maintain optimum performance.

Mackay Drug Testing Supplies use Hendra Trend urine strips to test an individual’s hydration status. Many leaders in the field of sports and fitness say individuals can improve athletic performance by achieving and maintaining proper hydration. Dehydration can be highly dangerous, whether it results from exertion, environmental factors or health status. There are many working environments where heat is an extreme factor. Ensuring your employee’s hydration levels will not only keep them working at optimum levels but it will also protect their long-term health.

Testing your urine pH level will test for the acidity or alkalinity of your urine. If results are too high or too low it can be a precursor to kidney stones. If your diet is at an extreme on wither the low or the high end of the pH levels, you can adjust your diet to reduce the likelihood of painful kidney stones. In short, your urine pH is an indicator of your overall health and gives your doctor important clues as to what’s going on in your body.

A urine specific gravity test compares the density of urine to the density of water. This quick test can help determine how well your kidneys are diluting your urine. If your urine is too concentrated it could mean that your kidneys aren’t functioning properly or that you aren’t hydrated. Specific gravity test is used to test your level of hydration.

Dehydration is defined as the excessive loss of water from the body tissues. It is often accompanied by an imbalance of sodium, potassium, chloride, and electrolytes. Dehydration usually occurs when an individual does not drink enough fluids or fluids are lost and not adequately replaced. Symptoms of dehydration will depend on the severity. Early dehydration usually has no symptoms whilst mild or moderation dehydration can cause symptoms that include: fatigue, thirst, muscle cramps, dizziness, and headache.

There are a number of reasons as to why you could be dehydrated. These include:

  • Gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”)

  • Drug Overdose

  • Malabsorption

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Fever

  • Burns

  • Intense or Prolonged Physical Exertion

  • Excessive Urination

  • Excessive Bleeding

  • Inability to Drink Due to Inflamed Mouth or Throat

  • Inability to Communicate Thirst (ie infant)

  • Inability to Access Water

Early dehydrations has no symptoms. Moderate dehydration symptoms include:

  • Increased Thirst

  • Dry and/or sticky mouth

  • Less frequent urination and urine may be darker yellow, indicating concentration

  • Constipation

  • A decrease in tears

  • Mildly sunken eyes in an infant

  • Fatigue

  • Dry skin

  • Headache

  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy

Severe dehydration symptoms includes:

  • Lack of tears and sweating

  • Lack of urine – little to no urine produced and dark yellow in colour

  • Intense thirst

  • Extremely dry mouth and mucous membranes

  • Dry skin that lacks elasticity

  • Sunken eyes in an infant

  • Sunken fontanelles in an infant (the soft spots on top of the head)

  • Rapid breathing

  • Increased heart rate

  • Low blood pressure

  • Confusion and, in critical cases, unconsciousness

  • Provides feedback on hydration status that can be used to adjust fluid intake

  • Is convenient and easy to use

  • Gives results in 30 to 60 seconds

  • Uses a small urine sample


  • 50 urine test strips

  • Sample collection cup

  • Complete instructions

  • Colour chart for reading results

  • Quality controls

  • Card for recording test results over time

You must not rely on the information on this site as an alternative to medical advice from your medical physician or another qualified healthcare provider. Consult your healthcare provider immediately if you think that you may have a medical emergency or for the diagnosis and treatment of injuries. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or with any questions that you may have regarding a medical condition or injury.



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