The body has some obvious ways of telling us we are dehydrated – headaches and dizziness are often clear signs we need to drink more water.
Yet the body works in mysterious and sometimes rather strange ways, with some of the symptoms of dehydration being so surprising that you might mistake them from something else entirely!
Check out these surprising ways your body tells you you’re dehydrated:
Feeling sleepy despite having a good night’s sleep? It could be your body telling you that you need to drink more water! A lack of energy is often mistaken for tiredness, but it may be due to a lack of hydration, which is known to reduce energy levels and make it difficult to focus.
Even just a small amount of dehydration is enough to leave you feeling tired, so if you ever feel sleepy during the day, consider drinking a glass or two of water.
One of the most overlooked symptoms of dehydration is hunger. This is because our mind often struggles to differentiate the difference between hunger and dehydration, with the body’s desire for more water being mistaken for wanting food instead.
If you tend to feel hungry all the time, especially after eating, then you may be dealing with dehydration. Try drinking some water next time you are hungry – if it’s dehydration the hunger should quick go away.
Ever go through bouts of unexplainable dry skin? Do you moisturise and still suffer from patches of dry skin? Then it may be down to a lack of water, as dry skin is often a way our body tells us we need more water.
When we lack enough water, our bodies don’t produce enough protective oils that keep skin hydrated, so dry skin may be a case of dehydration in some instances. This is especially true when drinking too much coffee and alcohol combined with not enough water.
Because dehydration causes a lack of blood flow, our brains become more fatigued and struggle to focus, which could end up causing severe mood swings. Many mistake mood swings as being caused by something different (such as stress, hormones, etc.) when it could be something as simple as dehydration.
Not everyone realises that bad breath may be caused by a lack of water rather than what foods they’ve eaten. This relates to a lack of saliva production caused by dehydration. Without enough saliva, the mouth struggles to prevent bacteria that cause bad breath developing, so if you’re dealing with bad breath and don’t know why, consider upping your water intake.