Have you ever felt dehydrated before? How will you know you are? In an average human, water takes up large percentage of his body.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration is loss or deficiency of water in body tissues. May result from inadequate water intake and/or from excessive removal of water from the body; for example, sweating, vomiting, diarrhoea etc
These 5 signs may denote that you are dehydrated.
1. You have bad breath.
Saliva has bacteria-fighting properties. If you’re dehydrated, your saliva levels go down and so does your mouth’s ability to fight odor-causing germs. If you notice that you suddenly have for no reason, try drinking more water regularly. That alone may clear it up.
2. You feel confused.
Feeling confused or out of it can be a sign of a few things. But if you haven’t had a lot to drink recently, it can definitely be a tip-off that you’re dehydrated.
3. You suddenly have food cravings.
Your liver needs water to function properly. When it doesn’t get it, it signals to your brain that you need fuel. Instead of craving water, though, it tends to make you think you’re hungry, causing food cravings.
4. Your skin doesn’t bounce back.
If you grab the skin on the back of your hand, pull it up, and let it go, it should quickly snap back into place. But this doesn’t usually happen with people who are dehydrated. “If it stays tented [or resumes its shape more slowly than usual, that’s a really good sign of being dehydrated.”
5. You stop sweating.
It seems like this would be a sign that you’re dehydrated, but Anthony J. Brutico, D.O., medical director of the Emergency Department at New Jersey’s Newton Medical Center, said it can be a marker that you have heat exhaustion or heat stroke. This typically happens because your “volumes of fluid are so low that the body is trying to hold on to what you have,” he explains.
If any of these happens to you, you need to get help immediately and see your healthcare provider.
Stay healthy always! And endeavor to share with loved ones.