Do You Have These Common Symptoms of Dehydration?

You already know you should be drinking 7-8 glasses of water each day.

But as the temperature begins to dip, some of us start slacking.

It’s not so hot, so we’re simply not as thirsty as we were during the dog days of summer.

And, we start skipping a glass here and a glass there.

But despite the cooler temps, our bodies still need that water to function properly.

If we lose just 1.5% of the water in our bodies, we reach the tipping point of dehydration.

You’re probably familiar with the more common symptoms of dehydration: feeling thirsty, muscle cramps, dark yellow pee, headaches.

But dehydration can result in a host of other symptoms you may have never associated with loss of water.

Like craving sweets.

You see, your liver relies on water to release glycogen (stored glucose).

And your body needs this glucose to fuel itself.

But without enough water, glucose isn’t able to be released into the bloodstream, and your body starts starving for energy. 

This results in cravings, particularly sugar cravings.

If you’ve noticed your breath is a little smellier than usual, dehydration could be to blame.

That’s because dehydration can prevent your body from producing enough saliva.

And your body needs that saliva for a variety of reasons, one of which is to fight off the influx of bad bacteria that tries to enter your mouth.

As the bad bacteria begins to build-up in your mouth, foul breath can result.

Have you been experiencing joint pain and stiffness?

Dehydration may be the culprit.

Water helps lubricate your joints.

In fact, 80% of your joint cartilage is water.

But dehydration can reduce your joints’ shock-absorbing ability, which can lead to joint pain.

Bottomline, your body needs to be refueled with water regularly.

But if thirst is simply not something you feel during the cooler months, how do you know if you’re drinking enough water each day?

The color of your pee is a good indicator.

Light with a tinge to yellow is ideal.

But as I’ve mentioned before, some foods and vitamins can impact your pee color, so a urine check doesn’t always give you an accurate read.

An alternative is the skin test.

Using two fingers pinch some skin on the back of your hand.

The skin should spring back to its normal position in a couple of seconds.

But if it takes a bit longer, you could be dehydrated.

Developing the habit of drinking water throughout the day – even when you’re not thirsty – is key to fighting off dehydration.

This is especially important for older folks who are at greater risk of dehydration due to the fact that we feel less thirsty as we age.

To keep up with your water intake requirements, try carrying a reusable water bottle around with you and refill it throughout the day.

Or, setting reminders on your phone to drink water regularly. 

And if a cold glass of water is unappealing on a cool fall day, try warming up the water. Warm water is just as hydrating as cold.

Don’t let the cooler temps of fall trick you into thinking you don’t need that much water.

Because dehydration can cause some serious health issues.

Drink up throughout the day to keep dehydration from impacting your health.

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Mary Glass - January 13, 2021

Thanks for the reminder on drinking water. I really needed it. I have been to the hospital twice in the last couple months and dehydration was a major player. So thanks again sometime we tend to forget as we get older

Linda from Orillia - December 7, 2020

Thank you so much for that kick-in-the-pants re hydration and drinking lots more water. My 90 yr old hubby drinks little and his pee is quite dark yellow and smelly, also his breath is gross at times. Now, tell me how do I get him to drink more water??? He’s not keen on flavored drinks. Thanks again. You folks are awesome.

Judy Roberts - October 5, 2020

Thank you for the article on dehydration. Although I sip beverages throughout the day, it is a good reminder to make more of it water. I like tea also, so I appreciate the comment from one of your readers about the benefits of drinking tea.

Linda Wilson - October 5, 2020

Though originally made for children Pedialyte and its similar other brands are great to rehydrate oneself! Gatorade is also electrolyte enhanced water with added flavor. Both have helped elderly loved ones to quickly recover when they began to show dangerous symptoms.

Linda Wilson - October 5, 2020

You email concerning dehydration is very timely. I just shared the dangers of neglecting to drink enough water with a family member. An tiny addition to your email is to remind folks that, even though coffee contains plenty of water, each cup robs you of the effects of water. I am mot sure if the cause is the caffeine or if it deletes one of electrolytes. In any case please don’t substitute coffee for water. (Even though a good cup of coffee is a true joy!) 😊

Kum Lusti - October 5, 2020

That’s REALLY awesome that you give reminders to our Health! I do vdrink lots of water, but sometimes we slack. I find, like you said, that I drink more if i have a water bottle with me ALL THE TIME! Warm water is best! Thanks again for the reminder!!!

Lelieth Smith - October 5, 2020

Very good information and reminder. Thank you

LINDA A EBBERSON - October 5, 2020

Your posts are always so thoughtful. thank you

Margaret - October 5, 2020

Thanks for the smack on the back of the head. I needed that. Was asleep at the wheel.

Nancy E Lewis - October 2, 2020

Thanks. Appreciate the reminders.

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