10 Ways Your Body Tells You That You’re Dehydrated
When you’re dehydrated, it’s obvious that you become thirsty. That’s just your body’s way to tell you that you need to take in water. However, this is hardly the only warning your body gives you when you’re dehydrated. Many people on this planet are constantly in a mild state of dehydration, mainly because they don’t drink enough liquids. When the body is not provided with sufficient liquids, it cannot function well, and your organs are under stress. Sometimes it is difficult to determine just how much water you should be drinking, especially during summer when we lose much water through sweating. In order to help you get to know your body a little better, we have made a list of the ways your body tells you that you’re dehydrated. Use those warnings wisely, and drink up whenever some of the symptoms appear (but drinking enough water so that none of them would occur in the first place would be ideal).
1. Bad breath
If you are experiencing bad breath, it doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you’ve eaten something that would cause it, or that you have a rotten tooth. Bad breath can occur due to dehydration as well. Namely, when you’re properly hydrated, your mouth produces enough saliva which has antibacterial properties, but when you’re dehydrated, there is no enough saliva and your mouth gets dry. Without the antibacterial effect of your saliva, bacteria are left with a fertile ground to multiply, and if you’re in the state of dehydration for an extended period of time they may even overgrow. This will leave you with a very bad breath. According to John Higgins, MD, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, bad breath is one of the most common symptoms of chronic dehydration.
So if you’re dealing with bad breath, try to drink more water for a couple of days before visiting the dentist. If your situation improves, you’ll know that you haven’t been drinking enough water.