You’ve probably heard most your life that your body is mostly water. You probably didn’t know that just being dehydrated by five percent makes you severely dehydrated. This is the type of dehydration that requires hospitalization and an IV. You want to avoid this at all costs. Here are some hidden and unknown dehydration symptoms and the dehydration treatment you should follow.
1. Problem: You’re Always Hungry
People usually think thirst is one of the first dehydration symptoms. However, according to Mayo Clinic, this might only occur when you’re severely dehydrated. You get water from the food you eat too. Your body knows this and makes you think you’re hungry since you’re ignoring your water intake. Since you’re hungry, you might think you need something extra hearty and fatty. This can be an issue because you ended up needing additional water in your system to help digest what you ate and extra water at a later time because you aren’t drinking any at that moment.
For your dehydration treatment, drink one to two cups of water before you eat anything, unless it’s your usual time to eat. Allow 30 minutes to pass before you eat and after you have had some water. If you’re still hungry, have a healthy snack. If you’re not hungry, chances are that you needed water. Make sure to regularly stay hydrated to avoid unnecessary eating and so that your body remains healthy.
2. Problem: You Can’t Think Clearly
Your brain needs water. Water is taken from the “less important” organs to keep other ones, like your heart, operating properly. Despite the fact that you need your brain to think, your brain is depleted of water and actually shrinks as a result. This is one of the least known dehydration symptoms. It can shrink by as much as two percent its size. Your brain can’t fire off its neurotransmitters without enough water. This is why you’re awake, but you brain is incredibly fuzzy, your words don’t come out right, your thoughts are all jumbled, and you can’t remember the simplest of things.
Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, reach for some water. Coffee might help you to feel alert for a short period of time, but its effects are limited. Coffee is a diuretic too. Every cup of coffee you drink can be like reducing water in your body by twice as much. It depends on the type of coffee you drink. The more caffeine you have the more your body will release water. If you do this day after day, you’ll experience brain fog and other symptoms regularly. Before a test or anything that requires thought, have a cup of water. It’ll help you to think better.
If you still want a little bit of caffeine, try making black tea in your coffee machine. If you use one tea bag for six cups of tea, this will equate to about five milligrams of caffeine, which will not make you dehydrated. Tea is full of antioxidants too.
3. Problem: You Have Intense Food Cravings
You may have had strong food cravings out of nowhere. No one expects food cravings to be associated with dehydration symptoms. Unless you’re pregnant or have something else going on, it could be that your body wants water. This is especially true if you start craving fruit and certain “vegetables” that are really fruit. For instance, you might crave oranges, watermelon, grapes or cucumbers. This means that you most likely need some water unless you’re missing certain vitamins in your diet. If reading that made you thirsty, you need to drink some water.
The obvious solution is to drink water. Don’t reach for sports drinks either. However, you also need a fair amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet, which add to your water intake. Watermelon and strawberries are 92 percent water. Cantaloupe and grapefruit have around 90 percent water in them. In addition to drinking water, you can eatwater too. Make sure to get around six servings per day, and remember to eat the rainbow in fruit and vegetables.
4. Problem: You Have Headaches
Many people never suspect that they have headaches as a result of dehydration symptoms. Be careful because if you have too much water in your system, you can get headaches from this too. However, most people suffer from not having enough water than the other way around. When your brain shrinks, it pulls away from your skull and activates pain receptors.
When you wake up, immediately drink a 16.9 ounce bottle of water. You’ll immediately have two cups down out of the day. Have some breakfast, and have another bottle after you’re done eating. In this way, you have had about half the water you need in the day. This can also prevent you from having to urinate frequently when you’re doing errands or when you’re at work, since this is a common complaint by many. If you drink half of your water in the morning before you leave the house, you can sip on water for the rest of the day. If it has been a while since you have had water, your body might not release it right away. Keep at it, and your body will let go of water retention.
5. Problem: You’re Constipated
We’ve all been there. Most people assume that they need more fiber if they’re constipated. This is partially true. You also need water to help your digestive system to eliminate waste. Fiber is water soluble and insoluble, but you need water for both. If you have too much fiber in your diet and not enough water, this can make you constipated too. To make matters worse, your body will absorb whatever water it can, and this can be taken from the waste in your intestines. The longer it has been since you had a bowel movement the less water you have available to do a bowel movement. This is a scary thing to have happen. You want to get between 18 and 35 grams of fiber per day, and you need to drink enough water.
You want to get between 18 and 35 grams of fiber per day whether it’s soluble or insoluble, and you need to drink enough water. Many people don’t drink enough water. The recommended amount of 64 ounces is just the average amount based upon weight. The more you weigh the more water you need to circulate throughout your system. You need to drink nearly half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
6. Problem: Your Lips Are Dry
Your lips are probably dry all the time. You most likely do not realize it. If you’re constantly putting on lip balm, you probably need to drink more water. Lips aren’t supposed to be cracked or peeling. They should be soft to the touch if you’re hydrated.
Don’t skip lip balm right away, but start increasing the amount of water you drink. You can come up with many different methods for drinking water. You could have yourself drink a cup or two cups every one to two hours until you have consumed what you need in the day. You could have a cup each time you eat, two when you exercise and one when you take a break from work. The point is that you need to work in an efficient way to get water into your body.
7. Problem: You Get Lightheaded When Standing Up
This is problematic, and it’s probably one of the most missed symptoms. You might think you got up too fast or that something else is causing your dizziness. A lack of water in your body slows down your blood-flow. This can happen so much that it makes you dizzy. Your blood is what delivers nutrients and oxygen to the rest of your body. If you’re not getting oxygen, this is a huge problem.
If you feel lightheaded or dizzy often, it’s a signal that you’re dehydrated nearly every day. Chances are that it’s been going on for a while. It would be best if you didn’t try to down a lot of water all at once. You definitely want to have one to two cups immediately, but your body can only take in so much water at a time. Your kidneys can only expel half a liter of water at a time. After you’re rehydrated, you could be in danger of water intoxication if you drink more than a liter of water per hour.
8. Problem: You’re Always Tired
Fatigue is a real problem when you’re dehydrated. Your blood is thicker, and it doesn’t move as quickly. This can cause your blood pressure to drop for a short time; although, not drinking enough water can cause you to have high blood pressure as well. When you rehydrate your body, your blood moves more easily. Your blood pressure drops as a result because your heart doesn’t have to pump as hard to get your blood moving throughout your body.
You might be tempted to eat sugar or get an energy drink, but these aren’t good solutions. If you’re getting enough rest, you should focus on sipping on water throughout the day for your dehydration treatment. Cold water can help to wake you up some. Sipping it can help avoid brain freeze. Get a large container or bottle and frequently sip water throughout the day.
Many other dehydration symptoms can occur from not drinking enough water: seizures, muscle cramps, sunken eyes, irritability, heat injury, increased cavities and urinary or kidney problems. You can avoid all of these symptoms by sipping water. That’s easier to do than going to the emergency room for dehydration treatment.