Thirst may be annoying at times, but water dehydration should never go ignored. Many people are not aware how bad water dehydration can affect you.
Water actually makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. Water lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy (1).
That’s why you should always make sure to drink water throughout the day and before and after meals.
Many people don’t realize how much water they lose everyday and end up chronically dehydrated (2).
Diabetics, burn victims and athletes are at a higher risk of dehydration than the average person. Are you suffering from water dehydration?
Here’s a list of 10 warning signs of water dehydration that you should pay attention to (3):
1. Heart Palpitations
When the normal water content of your body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in your body, which affects the way it functions (1).
Heart palpitations typically occur when there is low potassium and low sugar levels in the blood (4). This can cause from premature contractions of the heart’s upper chambers (atria) or the lower chambers (ventricules) .
Low magnesium (through excessive sweating or diarrhea) may also lead to abnormal heart rhythm (4).
2. Bad Breath
Saliva protects your teeth from decay, disease and cavities by forming a protective barrier around them and helping clear food particles on and between your teeth (5).
When you become dehydrated, you do not produce as much saliva. The reduced cleaning action of the saliva allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath (6).
Dry mouth also makes you more likely to develop rapid tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease (5).
3. Food Cravings
“While you can crave anything from chocolate to a salty snack, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production,” he says.
Instead of junk food, reach for water-dense foods, try fruits like watermelon, kiwi and peaches. You may also find that vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes also satisfy your craving.
Fruits and vegetables can help prevent water dehydration and also if you don’t like drinking water that much.