If someone asked you whether you were dehydrated, you’d probably answer with a confident “no”. After all, you drink a few glasses of water throughout the day—that should be more than enough, right?
The sad reality is that we live in a dehydrated society, and many people suffer from the effects of dehydration without even realizing it. That said, dehydration often manifests itself in a few distinct ways.
Today we’re going to look at five of the most common symptoms of dehydration to help you figure out whether it’s something you might be experiencing.
Let’s take a look at how to tell whether you’re dehydrated.
It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, many people ignore their bodies’ basic needs. Try to stay hydrated enough throughout the day to avoid getting to a point where you feel thirsty.
Experts recommend that men drink at least 101 ounces or 13 cups of water a day. Women should aim for 74 ounces or nine cups (1).
2. Bad breath
Take a moment to (discreetly) smell your breath. How is it? If it’s not pleasant, before you grab that mint, think back to the last time you guzzled a glass of water.
Has it been a while?
Our bodies use water to produce saliva and reduce bacteria growth in our mouths. When your body doesn’t have enough water, it struggles to do that.
Do your body and the people around you a favor and get hydrated.
3. Dehydrated skin
Dry skin is a skin type that many people, especially older people, have. However, it’s not the same as dehydrated skin.
Dehydrated skin feels rough, flaky, and often features red spots. Although different factors can cause your skin to become dehydrated, a lack of water is one of the most common causes.
Ensure you get enough throughout the day to help hydrate your skin.
4. A pounding headache
Dehydration and headaches go hand in hand. In fact, one study found that dehydration levels as low as 1.36% caused subjects to experience headaches (2).
If your head starts throbbing at some point during the day, hydrate and see if that helps.
While it’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep, several studies have found links between dehydration and feelings of exhaustion (3).
Study participants reported feeling lethargic and fatigued while dehydrated. Medical experts believe that these feelings come from low blood pressure.
Instead of going for the pot of coffee, try grabbing a glass of water next time you feel sleepy during the day.
Hydration Made Easy
Despite the effects it can have on your body, dehydration can be hard to identify at times. Use this guide to help you out.
If you start to experience any of the symptoms mentioned, do yourself a favor and grab yourself a refreshing and hydrating drink. It might just do the trick.
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