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10 Warning Signs of Dehydration You Should Know About

Heart palpitations typically occur when there is low potassium and low sugar levels in the blood (4). This can cause from premature contractions of the heart’s upper chambers (atria) or the lower chambers (ventricules) .

Low magnesium(through excessive sweating or diarrhea) may also lead to abnormal heart rhythm (4).


2. Bad Breath

Saliva protects your teeth from decay, disease and cavities by forming a protective barrier around them and helping clear food particles on and between your teeth (5).

When you become dehydrated, you do not produce as much saliva. The reduced cleaning action of the saliva allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath (6).

Dry mouth also makes you more likely to develop rapid tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease (5).

3. Food Cravings

“While you can crave anything from chocolate to a salty snack, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production,” he says.

Instead of junk food, reach for water-dense foods, try fruits like watermelon, kiwi and peaches. You may also find that vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes also satisfy your craving.

Fruits and vegetables can help prevent water dehydration and also if you don’t like drinking water that much.

4. Painful Joints and Muscles

The cartilage in your joints is made up of roughly 65 to 80% water. When the joints aren’t properly hydrated, it can cause the bones they connect to grind. This causes pain and inflammation(8).

Low magnesium from dehydration can also cause muscle cramps and pain in the leg muscles (4). Eat dark leafy greens and avocado to replenish both your water and mineral levels.

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