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5 Surprising Signs of Dehydration
Author : Carolyn Eagle, Senior Editor, Health Media Today Category : Health and Wellness
When the temperatures soar it can be difficult to enjoy the outdoors and still stay hydrated. Although thirst, dry mouth, headache, and decreased urine output may seem like the most tell-tale and commonly known sign of dehydration, here are some surprising signs that you may be missing:
CRAVINGS FOR SWEETS
Dehydration depletes your body’s glucose levels and can leave you crazing food, especially sweets. Instead of giving in, drink water instead of pop or juice, or reach for high water content fruits and veggies like watermelon.
When you’re dehydrated, your body stops making enough saliva to wash away the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth. More bacteria means stinky breath, so instead of reaching for a breath mint, reach for a water bottle.
Dehydration and overheating can be a cause of muscles cramping as your levels of sodium and potassium decrease. When you’re low on liquids the loss of fluid around your muscles can lead to cramps and twitches.
Although you may think that dehydration means you’re a sweaty mess, that is not always the case. As you become more and more dehydrated, your blood volume decreases, leading to dry skin.
FEVER AND CHILLS
Severe dehydration can lead to symptoms like fevers and chills, which can be particularly dangerous because they are a sign of the fluids in your body heating up. You should seek immediate medical attention if your fever exceeds 38.3°C