Dehydration occurs when the body does not have sufficient water to keep the body moving efficiently and the organs doing their work effectively. Most people assume that when they feel thirsty, they are dehydrated. However, there is no clear indicator that the body is dehydrated. That is why the doctors recommend that individuals should have at least eight glasses of water in a day to stay hydrated. In addition to that, they should increase their water intake during the hot season or when they are ill because the body uses up a lot of water during that time. This article can enlighten you on some of the symptoms of dehydration that are often ignored.
The body needs fluids to carry out various functions in the body and production of saliva is one of them. Dehydration may prevent the body from making enough saliva, and that might facilitate bacteria overgrowth. When that happens, you will have bad breath which is commonly known as halitosis.
Dehydration does not necessarily mean being sweaty. As you go through the stages of dehydration, you get symptoms of dizziness, and your blood volume reduces, so you do not have enough of it. That will leave you with a dry skin and sometimes because the skin is getting too dry because it is not evaporating enough, flushing of the skin may occur. Also, individuals should not assume that they can’t get dehydrated in cooler seasons. The symptoms may be mild, or they will develop slowly, but it is still possible to get dehydrated at that time.
The hotter it gets, the more likely individuals are likely to get muscle cramps because of the heat effect on the muscles. When the muscles work harder, they are prone to seize up from the heat. In addition to that, changes in the electrolytes and sodium and potassium may facilitate the cramping as well.
The brains structure shows that the brain sits in a fluid sack that prevents it from bumping against the skull. Therefore, when the body is running low on fluids due to dehydration, the brain may push up against parts of the skull, and that is what causes headaches.
When the body is dehydrated, it may be hard for some nutrients and major organs like the liver which use fluids especially water to release glycogens. You, therefore, end up getting cravings for food. You may crave for sweets because the body is having difficulties with glycogen production.