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