You probably know that nearly 75% of our bodies’ weight consists of water. It can be found inside the cells, between them, inside the arteries and veins. Every day we lose certain amount of body fluid when breathing, sweating, urinating and have bowel movements. During vigorous workouts and in hot environment our organisms lose even more water than usually.
But even when loss of the body fluid is increased, we can still compensate it, drinking water. However when your organism doesn’t get enough liquid to perform its function properly, you may notice first symptoms of dehydration.
Unfortunately we feel thirsty only when too much water is lost. Specialists say that dehydration is an especially dangerous condition for children and older adults because of weaker compensatory abilities.
The problem is also that we lose electrolytes together with water. That’s why advanced dehydration may result in seizures. Another dangerous complications include kidney dysfunction, low blood pressure and heat injury.
You may be interested, how to recognize dehydration early and when it’s time to sip some water. Here are the early signs, you have probably never heard about:
#1. Unpleasant breath – if you forget to drink something during the day, you may feel nasty taste in the mouth and your breath may become bad. The reason is that dehydration makes your body to produce less saliva, which normally fights off odor-causing bacteria.
#2. Dry skin – all your moisturizing creams and balms may appear useless, if your body is dehydrated. So you’d better moisturize your skin from inside, drinking plenty of water.
#3. Headache – lack of liquid may result in dull pain in the head and can even contribute to migraine in those who are predisposed to this type of headache.
#4. Sugar cravings – dehydration often masks hunger, especially cravings for sweets. If you don’t drink water during exercises, you may notice cravings for carbs in the end of workout. The reason is that stored glucose is used faster than usually and your body requires fulfilling the store immediately.
#5. Lack of energy – inadequate water intake can make your muscles weak, your blood pressure low and blood flow to the brain reduced. As a result, it becomes extremely hard not only to exercise well, but also to perform your daily tasks.
#6. Muscle cramps – when you lose more fluid than consume, blood circulation changes. So, your body protects vital organs from dehydration, directing blood from the muscles to them. Alterations in electrolyte levels were also found to play a great role in developing muscle cramps.