July 29, 2021
Now that it is the peak of summer, it is difficult to avoid the heat. This means that dehydration is affecting a lot more people than normal. As common as dehydration is, many people don’t notice telltale signs because they don’t know what to expect. To help you stay active and healthy this summer, here are 7 sneaky signs that you may need to drink some more fluids throughout the day.
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
When you are dehydrated, you aren’t making as much saliva as you normally would. Normally, it helps break down food and rinse it out of your mouth and into your esophagus. When this cleaning action isn’t happening, more bacteria will grow, and you could end up with foul-smelling breath.
Muscle Spasms or Cramps
Muscle cramps can often be the result of dehydration and electrolyte depletion. However, this doesn’t just effect athletes. If just walking around starts to cause you to feel muscle pain or tightness, this could mean that you aren’t drinking enough water.
Headaches are a very common sign of mild to moderate dehydration. Dehydration can also trigger migraine episodes, but it isn’t fully understood why this happens. If you have frequent headaches, this may be a sign that you need to have a couple more glasses of water each day.
One of many ways that health professionals can diagnose dehydration is by testing a patient’s urine. However, you can sometimes pick up on this yourself by observing the color. A hydrated person has pale yellow urine while dehydrated people have dark yellow urine.
Feelings of thirst and hunger both come from the same region of the brain. If you are feeling hungry soon after eating, it may be that you are actually thirsty. Because a lot of the cues in the body for the two are similar, it can be easy to confuse them.
Staying hydrated is a crucial part of maintaining energy throughout the day. This helps your body to deliver key nutrients to your cells and keeps your organs functioning properly.
Poor Sleep Quality
Hydration also affects your quality of sleep. Other symptoms of dehydration, such as headaches, dry mouth and nasal passages, and muscle cramps may cause discomfort that makes it more difficult to sleep soundly throughout the night.
If you are noticing the signs listed above, try to drink more water throughout the day. It may be just what you need to help your body and smile thrive!
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for well over three decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and dental implant surgery and restoration. To learn more or to schedule an appointment at his office in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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