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Every Sip Counts

It’s no surprise that we can become parched during exercise or hot weather. But did you know you could become dehydrated while sitting at a desk, too? Even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body could still be craving a sip.

Here are a few symptoms of dehydration you might be overlooking:

Bad breath

Chronic dehydration can reduce the saliva you produce, allowing bacteria to multiply and cause an unpleasant side effect.

Food Cravings

Sometimes you might get the “munchies” but your body actually wants a sip of water. Try drinking a glass first and see if the cravings go away in a few minutes.

Headaches

Your brain is surrounded by fluids. When you’re dehydrated, the brain doesn’t have the same amount of fluids protecting it. Have a glass of water and see if your headache decreases in a few minutes.

Other signs of dehydration include muscle cramps, a lack of sweating in hot weather and dark-colored urine.

 

Make Hydration Fun

Infuse your water with slices of orange, lemon, cucumber or mint for a sugar-free hint of flavor.

Try unsweetened iced or hot tea. If you have a sweet tooth, reduce the amount of sweetener you add to your tea each day until you find a taste you like.

Choose foods that have high water content, like carrots, apples, oranges, watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes or bell peppers.

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