Dehydration Warning Signs

Dehydration Warning Signs: When your Body Desperately Needs More Water

When you hear the word “dehydration”, the first thing that hits your mind is water. But dehydration is more serious and common than we think.  Even mild dehydration can enormously affect our bodies and how we feel. Dr. Roberta Lee from Clear Lake Regional Medical Center said, “60 percent of our bodies are composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine.” If you’re feeling unwell, most of the time, it is because of the dehydration. I have compiled a few common dehydration warning signs below and have also mentioned some tips you can use to get over it.


Dehydration Warning Signs


Fatigue

Fatigue. Image Credit: po-zdravidnes.com

Fatigue. Image Credit: po-zdravidnes.com

If you’re someone who works at least five days a week from 9 to 5 or any other specific time period, you’re likely to feel tired most of the time. But, even after a good night’s sleep, if you still feel tired and don’t feel like doing anything, then it might be because of the dehydration. If you feel constantly tired, you should really consider the possibility that you actually are dehydrated. Dehydration can cause enzymatic activity to slow down, causing your body to produce less potential energy for the future benefits.

Chronic Constipation

Chronic Constipation. Image Credit: Dr. Lam

Chronic Constipation. Image Credit: Dr. Lam

Chronic constipation is one of the common dehydration warning signs that we might be ignoring. In this case, you will feel bloated and have bad breath, however, nothing really comes out.  Apart from having more fiber in your diet, you also need to check if you’re drinking enough water. When you don’t drink enough water, the waste in your intestine becomes so dry that it is hard to get through, resulting in chronic constipation.

Headache

Headache. Image Credit: zdrowie.dziennik.pl

Headache. Image Credit: zdrowie.dziennik.pl

As mentioned earlier, 85 percent of water is in our brains and when we don’t drink enough water, our brain reacts immediately. Our brain is covered by a protective layer of water that encompasses the entirety of our brain. Low or complete lack of water intake causes this layer to evaporate. This depletion can cause your brain to push against your skull, causing painful headaches.

Now, coming to the tips. Here are a few tips you can follow in order to reduce the dehydration.

  • Drink two glasses of water right after you get up. Starting your day with this will not only make you feel refreshed but also will improve your digestion.
  • Buy a personal water bottle and carry it with you. Make sure to buy one that will actually be comfortable for you to use and carry with you.
  • Consume water-based foods, like cucumbers, grapefruits, and watermelons.
  • Download a water consumption tracking app to stay updated on your water consumption status.

Now that you know the dehydration warning signs, if you’re also going through the signs, make sure you try the tips mentioned above. And if you have anything to add, drop your comments below.

 

Reference: Lifehack
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