Signs That You're Dehydrated
Ladies, I want to talk to you about something pretty serious: dehydration! Now I don’t want you to think dehydration is something that only applies in severe cases — if you’ve ever felt really thirsty, that’s a sign you’re already a bit dehydrated. Drinking water is so important for the health of your body!
Dehydration can affect our bodies in lots of different ways. Many signs of dehydration aren’t really obvious, which means listening to your body is even more important than you might think.
4 Signs of Dehydration
Here are a few signs that you’re dehydrated you might not be aware of:
Feeling moody or having trouble focusing
There’s a number of reasons we need water, and it might surprise you to know that even mild dehydration can make you feel tired and can affect your mood. This can make it hard to concentrate. To put it simply, your brain is sensitive to changes in your body’s fluids, so it may react to low hydration with mood changes. Think of this as a type of alarm system — if you’re having trouble focusing, it might be a sign you need to drink some more water!
Did you know that your saliva actually has antibacterial properties? It helps keep your mouth clean, and tries to keep bacteria at bay. Dehydration can cause your mouth to produce less saliva, leaving you with a dry mouth. That makes it easy for bacteria to thrive, which can lead to an unpleasant odour, or bad breath.
Drinking more water can help to keep your saliva glands working, making it harder for bacteria to settle in.
Sudden food cravings
When dehydration sets it, you might find yourself dealing with strong cravings for food. This is because your body has a tough time drawing glycogen (energy) from its stores. It then tries to signal it needs fuel, which is when you can get sudden cravings!
Of course, sometimes cravings set in for other reasons. Knowing if you are having a craving because you’re an emotional eater or because you’re dehydrated can be difficult, but try having a glass of water first and see if that makes a difference.
You have trouble going to the toilet
Most of us know by now that the colour of your urine can indicate your hydration level. But have you ever realised how much your hydration level can affect bowel movements? Water helps to keep everything moving in the digestive system, so dehydration can slow down food moving through to the bowels (and out of the body) as easily.
Look out for the warning signs of dehydration
Dehydration can be so bad for our bodies, so please make sure you’re drinking plenty of water each day! I like to carry a drink bottle with me everywhere, so I always have water available, and I make sure I drink more when I have a big day planned. Now that you know some of the signs that you’re dehydrated, and how they affect the body, you can take steps to avoid them!
Love, Kayla xx
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