It’s merely the end of March yet, and most of Pakistan is observing temperatures as high as 34 degrees. With this type of heat, troubles like loss of appetite, headaches and sometimes unconsciousness and death by heat strokes. Another ailment that heat brings with it is Dehydration, a process that occurs when the body lacks insufficient water to function accurately. Although mild dehydration may just be a bit uncomfortable to deal with, severe cases of dehydration can end to seizures, blood clots, and other potentially deadly complications. Evidently, severe dehydration is to be taken seriously and should be treated promptly; even the mildest cases of dehydration can have some pretty unpleasant effects on mood and energy. It’s significant to catch any degree of dehydration in the early hours, but the symptoms of dehydration aren’t always evident ones like thirst and fatigue. The writing team of the largest digital food network of Pakistan, sooperchef.pk, has listed six surprising signs and symptoms of dehydration you should know about.

Dry Skin

It is a common misconception that people who get dehydrated are the sweatiest ones. But in reality, as the human body goes through various stages of dehydration, the skin tends to get drier by the moment. In addition to this, dehydration might also make the skin appear flushed as well. The skin of a dried out person, when strained, may hang about “tented” and take some time to come back to its typical, smooth appearance.

Muscle Cramps

It is a very lesser known fact that dehydration is one of the most potent causes of muscle cramps, but it’s also worth considering that cramps while exercising particularly in hot weather are pretty common too. The hotter the body gets, the more likely it is to get a muscle cramp, because of a pure heat effect on the muscles. As the muscles exert more and more effort, a seizure from the heat itself is imminent. Furthermore, change in the level of electrolytes in the body, such as sodium and potassium, can also lead to muscle cramps. Even when the weather is cooler, dehydration is likely to occur if the body doesn’t get enough fluids while working out. To avoid this from happening, keep a water bottle handy and sip water after every set.

Fever and Chills

A severely dehydrated body may experience fever and chills. Fever, sequentially, can make the dehydration worse, as the higher the fever foes, the more dehydrated the body becomes. In newborns, this so-called dehydration fever may be a cause of inadequate fluid intake, diarrhea, or vomiting. Grown-ups with fever should look for medical aid if the body temperature reaches 103°F.

Headaches

Even a mild case of dehydration if enough to give you a headache and is even capable of triggering a migraine headache. because it’s frequently unclear what is causing a headache, gulping down a full glass of water and continuing to drink more fluids through the day is a simple way to ease the pain if, in fact, dehydration is contributing to it.

Food Cravings, Especially for Sweets

When the body is dehydrated, it becomes difficult for the organs like the liver, which utilizes water, to discharge glycogen [stored glucose] and other constituents of our energy stores, and that would actually lead to cravings for food. While the body can crave anything from chocolate to a saline snack like potato chips, cravings for sweets are more widespread for the reason that the body may be experiencing trouble breaking down glycogen to discharge glucose into the bloodstream to use as fuel. Also, it is not uncommon for the body to confound the sensation of thirst with hunger, which means that you are more likely to feel hungry when all you really need is a glass of water.

Bad Breath

Saliva holds antibacterial tendencies, but dehydration can avert your body from producing an adequate amount of saliva. If the body is not producing enough saliva, a bacteria overgrowth in the mouth is very likely to occur, and one of the side effects of that is bad breath. So in order to avoid having a foul breath, try keeping your mouth hydrated.

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