Are you dehydrated? Here are 9 symptoms that will tell you

I offer every client a bottle of water after they receive their massage.

Hydration (the amount of water we drink) affects many aspects of our  lives. It’s definitely easier to lose fluids than it is to regain them. Our bodies need more water depending on physical exercise and external heat. Illness also has a major effect on the bodies hydration. Staying hydrated and healthy is important. Dehydrated muscles hurt! Take a look at this list for 9 common signs of dehydration:

1) Thirst

One of the most common symptoms, thirst is the body’s way of communicating that it needs more fluids. Extreme thirst is a clear sign of dehydration and should be treated with sucking on ice cubes or sipping water.


2) Dry Mouth (Cotton Mouth)

Along with thirst comes dry mouth. Your salivary glands can not produce saliva when the body is lacking water. This leads to that yucky, stinky dry mouth. Swallowing can also become more difficult because your throat lacks the moisture to help foods glide down your throat.


3) Urinating Less Frequently

If you don’t put it in, it can’t make it’s way back out. When your body does not receive as much water as it is losing in day-to-day functions, your kidneys start to retain water. Low urine output can occur when there is a decreased blood supply to the kidney, such as occurs with dehydration.


4) Muscle Cramps

Dehydrated muscles can hurt. When they lack the moisture they need they can become stiff and seemingly brittle. If the body does not have enough fluids when working out, the chances of muscle cramps increase. The more common muscles to experience cramping are found in the legs, feet, arms, hands, and abdomen.

**It is worth noting that Pickle Juice has been found by many to relieve muscle cramps. This is not due to salt content however, as the effects take place far before the salt can be absorbed by the body.


5) Dizziness

Even mild dehydration can affect a persons cognitive behavior. This can lead to dizziness, problems in concentration, and in some cases short-term memory issues.


6) Increased Heart Rate

Your body’s blood volume decreases with less water in the body, so increases the heart rate of a dehydrated person. Another effect of this is the lowering of blood pressure when transitioning from laying down to standing up.


7) Less Elastic Skin

Lack of water in the body will cause the skin to start to become tight and can even cause cracking. When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time.


8) Dry, Cool Skin

Dry skin looks and feels rough and itchy. The skin will start to take on a scaly, reptilian appearance when dehydrated and will be cool to the touch.


9) Headache

Dehydration headaches can range from mild to as severe as a migraine. A dehydration headache may occur when the body loses enough essential fluids to function properly.

When the body is dehydrated, the brain can temporarily contract or shrink from fluid loss. This mechanism causes the brain to pull away from the skull, causing pain and resulting in a dehydration headache. Once re-hydrated, the brain plumps up and returns to its normal state, relieving the headache.





Sources: BritannicaDermal InstituteBusiness InsiderHome Remedy DailyMayo ClinicMedicine PlusMedicine PlusNational Center for Biotechnology InformationNational Center for Biotechnology Information University of Maryland Medical Center


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