Hidden Signs Of Dehydration?

Dehydration: It’s bad for you, and surely you know this, but something that is even more astounding about this health issue is just how common it is – not to mention how easy it is to prevent in the first place. Most of us have experienced dehydration a few times in our lives, though it doesn’t always have to be severe enough as going a day or two without water that it begins damaging the body.

In fact, if you feel you have never been dehydrated, you may want to think about the one scary fact about dehydration: If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

This essentially means you should always keep a refillable water bottle with you no matter where you are, and be sure to drink water throughout the day — even when you don’t feel thirsty.

If you are still unsure whether this health issue has ever affected you or not, it may help to learn about some of the more unusual signs of dehydration, as I learned after coming across an informative article post by Everyday Health. Here is what I learned about the body communicating that it has needs right away.

If you have noticed that you have ever had to deal with aches and pains throughout the body that seem to have no explanation at all, you may just be depriving your body of water without even realizing it. As it turns out, muscle cramps as well as headaches are both big warning signs that your body is not getting enough hydration. This is because the muscles in your body need water to work effectively, not to mention that water helps balance out the natural levels of electrolytes and sodium, which in turn regulates the effect of your muscles naturally contracting.

As for headaches, there is a fluid sack inside the skull that the brain sits in, and when this sack is not given enough hydration, it can cause the brain to press up against the skull and therefore cause you to experience headaches.

Finally, although most unusual, it turns out that in some cases a fever and chills can be signs of dehydration as opposed to a cold or flu. 

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