Knowing the Warning Signs of Dehydration
With the warmer months of the summer come longer days, sunnier weather and an increased potential for experiencing dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. While mild dehydration is a common occurrence and can typically be remedied by drinking adequate amounts of water and restoring electrolytes, severe dehydration can have many negative health effects if left untreated.
Here’s what you should know when it comes to identifying signs and symptoms that you may not typically associate with dehydration.
Unexpected Signs and Symptoms
When your body is becoming dehydrated, your cells start drawing moisture from all over your body—including your mouth. Because saliva has antibacterial qualities, when your mouth loses moisture, and your saliva supplies dwindle, it allows odor-causing bacteria to thrive. If your mouth feels a little dry, and you’re feeling a bit self-conscious about the smell of your breath, you may need a glass of water.
Fever or Chills
When your body is overheating or you’re suffering from different types of heat illness, you may experience a spike in body temperature. Subsequently, this can cause your body to sweat profusely to help regulate your temperature. It isn’t uncommon for dehydration to occur as a result of this sudden loss of fluid.
When you’re feeling dehydrated, you may find yourself craving food when you’re actually in need of water. This is because dehydration activates the hypothalamus, which is responsible for telling your body that it needs food or water, and you may be unable to distinguish between the need for food and the need for water.
Headaches and migraines are common symptoms when it comes to mild to moderate dehydration. While many other factors can influence the development of a headache when you are dehydrated, replacing electrolytes and necessary fluids can help to alleviate headaches.
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