Unusual Signs of Dehydration

When it comes to symptoms of dehydration, it’s not all cut and dry. You may think the only symptom is feeling very thirsty, but that’s only one possible sign – and it could point to another health issue or side effects from medications.

Other times, you might actually be dangerously dehydrated without feeling thirsty at all. So, with the summer heat beating down on us, it’s time to take a closer look at some of the lesser-known signs your body needs liquids – and quickly. Oh, and don’t forget that water bottle when you’re heading out for a walk or to the beach.

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Having Foul Breath

Yes, bad breath can be a medical condition, also called halitosis. While popping a breath mint may temporarily alleviate this potentially embarrassing issue, so can ensuring you’re properly hydrated, explains EveryDay Health.

The problem is that if you don’t have enough water in your system, it will hinder the amount of saliva you can produce, it explains. Saliva has natural antibacterial properties, but if there’s not enough of it in your mouth it can let (odor-causing) bacteria grow wild, it adds. So, instead of popping a mint that might be filled with sugar or caffeine, you should try drinking a nice glass of water first.

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Jeff Hayward

Jeff Hayward

Jeff has more than 15 years of experience writing professionally about health, travel and the arts among other subjects. He continuously looks to improve his own overall health through exercise, diet and mindfulness. He is also a proud stay-at-home dad that loves taking photographs both professionally and as a hobby.