Five Surprising Signs of Dehydration

Are you drinking enough water daily? Check out these surprising signs of dehydration now to find out.

April 26, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

The human body is made up of about 60 percent water, so it’s essential to know the signs of dehydration. The amount of water drunk throughout the day will differ for everyone, based on height, weight, and activity level.

Proper water consumption regulates body temperature, provides joint support, protects sensitive tissues, and helps keep your kidneys and liver healthy. When your body is dehydrated, it can’t get rid of waste through urination, bowel movements, or sweating. Eliminating toxins is necessary for optimal health.

Click the photos below to know the signs of dehydration and see if you’re drinking enough water.

Headaches

Headaches

 

Headaches

Headaches can occur from a variety of issues, but one common reason is dehydration. The brain can temporarily shrink from fluid loss if you’re dehydrated, causing a headache. Dehydration headaches are often associated with migraines, but other types of headaches can occur as well.

 

Dizziness

Dizziness

 

Dizziness

Even mild dehydration can make you feel faint or dizzy, so be sure to drink enough water daily. Dizziness can also happen when standing up, due to low blood pressure, certain medications, diabetes, and more. Make sure you speak to your doctor if you’re experiencing dizziness frequently.

 

Dry Skin

Dry Skin

 

Dry Skin

A quick way to find out if you’re dehydrated is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand. If it takes longer than a few seconds to snap back, you might be dehydrated. Notice if you experience abnormally dry skin at an unusual time. You might need to increase your water intake.

 

Muscle Cramps

Muscle Cramps

 

Muscle Cramps

Are you starting a new workout or working out for the first time in a while? Muscle cramps can be common in this case, but they’re also a common sign of dehydration. Make sure to sip water throughout your workout and stay hydrated throughout the day.

 

Memory Problems

Memory Problems

 

Memory Problems

Dehydration doesn’t always come with only physical symptoms. Cognitive changes can also become an issue. Along with memory issues, other problems can include slow reaction times, irritability, trouble reasoning, and mood changes.

 
 

 

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