Did you know that we often mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger? So instead of topping up on fluids, we eat; and instead of supplying our bodies with the much-needed water, we give it what it doesn’t really want. This can lead to a state of mild to moderate dehydration, and many people suffer from it without even knowing.
Every cell in our body depends on water. Water flushes out the toxins as well as fat and is essential for organ function. Not getting enough water can have health consequences and result in an illness.
Here are 5 common signs of dehydration that should prompt you to drink more:
1. You feel dizzy
Since blood is mainly made of water, dehydration also causes a drop in blood pressure. When you have low blood pressure, you can start feeling wobbly.
When the pressure in our blood vessels drops, it makes it harder for our heart to pump enough oxygen to the brain, and it leads to headaches. That is why when our body is dehydrated one of the first signs is a headache.
3. Bad breath and dry mouth
In the case of a deficiency of water in the body, it stimulates the production of saliva, which has antibacterial properties. Due to the fact that bacteria proliferate in the oral cavity, you may experience bad breath.
Furthermore, you will also have a dry mouth, as water has the function of a lubricator, that is, to hydrate the mucous membranes in the throat.
4. Dry skin and lips
Water provides skin elasticity, so if your body is dehydrated, your skin will be dry. Also, you will sweat less if your body lacks water, which will inhibit the elimination of oil built up excess dirt on your skin.
Also, water discards toxins from the body, so if you lack it, it will lead to the appearance of psoriasis, acne, and eczema. Other common signs of dehydration are dry and chapped lips.
5. You get constipated
If you have trouble with constipation, increasing your fluid intake should be the first step and it’s also one of the best remedies for constipation. Water helps the food move through your intestines and keeps the digestive tract flexible and clean, so it can perform its function well.