Your body has some interesting ways of telling you that you should drink more water. Here’s what you should look out for.
1. You have bad breath: there are properties in your saliva that help you fight bacteria. If you are dehydrated, your saliva levels go down and so does your mouth’s ability to fight odor–causing germs.
2. You feel confused. Feeling confused or out of it can be a sign of a few things, but if you haven’t had a lot to drink recently, it can definitely be a tip-off that you are dehydrated.
3. You suddenly have food cravings. Your liver needs water to function properly. When it doesn’t get it, it signals to your brain that you need fuel.
4. Your skin doesn’t bounce back. If you grab the skin on the back of your hand, pull it up and let it go, it should quickly snap back into place. Without enough moisture, your skin loses some of the elasticity it needs to snap back.
5. You stop sweating. The amount of fluids in your body is so low that your body tries to retain what it does have. If this happens to you, you need to get help immediately and see a doctor or other medical professional.
Even if you are only experiencing the less severe symptoms of dehydration, it’s time to get some liquids in you ASAP!