Your breath, skin and body temperature may be telling you that your body is running low on water. Dehydration occurs when the body has a low level of water for properly function.
Dehydration occurs when the body has insufficient water to function properly. While mild dehydration may be just uncomfortable, more severe dehydration can lead to blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal complications. Clearly, severe dehydration must be treated promptly, but even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on mood and energy. It’s important to catch any degree of dehydration early, but the aren’t always obvious ones like thirst and fatigue.
Sign #1 Bad Breath
Maybe some may not know this but salive has antibacterial properties, but due to dehydration, this can prevent your body from making saliva. If your body isn’t producing enough saliva, bacteria overgrowth will occur in your mouth, and one of the side effects of that is bad breath.
Sign #2 Dry, Flaking and Cracking Skin
Most of people think that people who get dehydrated are really sweaty, but the fact is, as you go through various stages of dehydration, your skin will get super dry! And your skin may appear flushed as well. If you want to check, a dehydrated skin when pinched will remain tented, and will take some time to return to its normal, flat appearance.
Sign #3 Muscle Cramps
Dehydration is only one potential cause of muscle cramps, but it’s one worth considering if you get cramps while exercising, particularly in a hot climate like in Malaysia. As your body temperature increases, so will your risk of a muscle cramps, and that is from a pure heat effect on the muscles. As your muscle works harder, they can fail to function from the heat itself. Changes in the electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium may lead to muscle cramping as well.
Don’t be surprised but even in cooler weather, dehydration is possible if you don’t drink enough fluids while working out. The symptoms may be milder or come on slower, but dehydration carries the same risks, regardless of the outside temperature.
Sign #4 Fever and Chills
In severe case of dehydration, you may also experience fever and chills. Fever, in turn, can worsen dehydration, and the higher the fever, the more dehydrated you will become.
Sign #5 Food Cravings, Especially for Sweets
When you are dehydrated, it can be difficult for your organs to function – especially organ like the liver, which uses water to release glycogen and other components of energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food.
While you can crave anything from the chocolates and candy to salty snacks, craving for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty breaking down glycogen to release glucose into the bloodstream to use as fuel.
Its also not uncommon for the body to confuse the feeling of thirst with hunger, meaning that you may feel hungry when all you really need is water.
Sign #6 Headaches
Mild dehydration can cause a dehydration headache and even trigger a migraine headache. Since it’s often not clear what is causing a headache, drinking a full glass of water and continuing to sip more fluids during the day is an easy way to ease your pain if, in fact, dehydration is contributing to it.
Tell-tale Signs of Dehydration
An easy way to tell that you are dehydrated is you feel thirsty. But the downside is, if you are already feeling thirsty, it means you are already dehydrated. But lack of thirst doesn’t necessarily mean you’re well hydrated. Here are two other ways to check whether your body is dehydrated.
Try the skin test. Use two fingers to pinch up some skin on the back of your hand, then let the skin go. The skin should spring back to its normal position in less than a couple of seconds. If the skin returns to normal more slowly, you might be dehydrated.
Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated, your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge a yellow (the colour of light lemonade before it hits the bowl). Darker yellow or orange are the warning colours to watch for. If you see those colours, start drinking fluids.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
When it comes to daily water intake, it is recommended that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day – which is about 12 cups, and most men get about 3.7 laters a day, which is about 15 cups. Those totals include water gained from food and beverages like tea, milk, and fruit juice.
Here are some times for getting all the fluids you need and avoiding dehydration:
Keep your water bottle handy. If it is right next to you, you’ll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realising it.
Spice up plain water. If you want to spice up your plain water, adding a splash of fruit juice or chunks of fresh frozen fruit, such as – lemonade, strawberry, cucumber, blueberries, and more!
Drink tea. Unsweetened teas are available in many flavours. Sipping on fruity iced teas during the day with lots of ice, or a hot peppermint or chamomile tea at night to keep cool during the night.
Shaklee Cinch Tea is a best bet for the cause too. Here’s a safe and natural way to head off the slumps when you need a quick pick-me-up in your looser-fitting pants. An exclusive blend of green, white and red teas, as well as taurine, naturally boosts your energy and enhances alertness. Enjoy morning or afternoon, hot or cold.
Swap your snacks. Swap your dry snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers – which have zero to low water content – with refreshing munchies like fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, healthy smoothies, celery with peanut butter or a handful of various cut veggies with hummus.
Pile on the produce. Aim to make half your plate with vegetables and fruits. All those veggies and fruits will supply water as well as a hearty dose of vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
Sip more during meals. Sipping water with meals will help you more slowly, pace your eating, which can help you lose weight. And plus, keeps you hydrated.
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