We’re all aware of the obvious signs of dehydration—yellow pee, feeling thirsty, and dry mouth—but what about the less obvious ones, like acting strange? Experts say they’re equally important, if not more so because they can be a sign that your dehydration has progressed beyond normal levels like when you exercise vigorously without drinking enough water.
“Our bodies need water and other fluids to function properly, and if you become dehydrated, some of these processes may not function normally,” women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., tells SELF. “Severe dehydration can have dire consequences.” Those consequences can include heat stroke or exhaustion, seizures, and even death in the most extreme cases.
But drinking enough water is harder than it sounds, especially during the dry season. “It’s challenging to stay hydrated, even when you’re healthy, the vast majority of us don’t drink as much water as we should. For women, that means drinking around 12 cups of fluids every day,mostly water is best, but that recommendation includes all fluids. And, if you’re sweating a lot, you’ll probably need more.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE DEHYDRATED;
- you have bad breathe
- you feel confused
- you suddenly have food cravings
- you stop sweating