Dehydration occurs when the body organs do not have sufficient water to function properly leading to fatal complications such as seizures or blood clots. Studies have shown that mild dehydration can affect our mood and energy levels. Having that said, we think it is extremely essential to recognise your body’s vital less obvious signals before it’s too late.
Four Dehydration Indicators:
1. Bad Breath : Bad breath can surprisingly be one of the many signs of dehydration. Saliva attains antibacterial properties; dehydration can prevent the body from producing enough saliva resulting in the overgrowth of bacteria. John Higgins, a US based doctor, adds that “one of the side reactions of overgrown bacteria is the bad breath as result of chronic dehydration.
2. Headaches: Research has been found that dehydration can trigger migraines. A 2005 study, showed that patients who drank additional liters of water encountered less migraine pain.
3. Dry skin : The skin acts like a protective barrier; some skin types are more prone to resist dehydration than others. Moreover, the skin has to contain 30 % or more water; it can become quite dull if it holds less than that percentage. It may also feel rough to the touch and streaked with dehydration lines. Dr. Higgens explains that many people mistakenly “think that people who get dehydrated have to be really sweaty; but as you go through various stages of dehydration, you become very dizzy. You don’t have enough blood volume so your skin can get very dry and flushed because it’s not evaporating as well.”
There are external factors :
– Mechanical factors such as shaving and hair removal.
– Climate which includes excessive sun, or prologues exposure to dry air or heat.
– Chemical factors such as harsh cosmetics like abrasive skin cleansers or topical medical treatments.
4. Food Cravings : “When you’re dehydrated, it can be difficult for some nutrients and organs like the liver which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food,” Higgins states. Craving for sweets are a typical indication because the body is experience difficulty with the glycogen production. When this happens, you need to eat a snack with high water content such as fruits or veges refers nutrition expert Johannah Sakimura.
She concludes that “some fruits and vegetables are more than 90% water — including cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon (of course), cucumber, celery, lettuce and leafy greens, zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers.”