With busy summer schedules and activities, it can be hard to drink the recommended amount of water every day. Unfortunately, the strong summer sun makes water intake even more important during this time of year, and many people fall victim to dehydration.
The body needs water to produce energy. Insufficient water intake can result in the body scrambling to find a source of fuel. Often the brain turns to sugary food to get the energy boost it needs, which is why you begin to crave sweets when you are dehydrated.
When a person is dehydrated, saliva production in the mouth is reduced. According to Everyday Health, saliva has bacteria-fighting properties that help keep the mouth odorless. As a result, the inside of the mouth is drier than usual and can result in bacteria growth, which is the cause of bad breath. Also, by consistently drinking water, the fluid running through your mouth helps rinse away the bacteria that has started to grow throughout the day.
Dry skin is extremely common for people who are dehydrated, but dry lips can be the first sign. Since lips are more sensitive, dryness can start to appear there before it’s noticeable in other regions. If you feel the need to constantly apply chapstick, chances are you are in need of a few extra cups of water in your daily routine.
While sweating can be a cause of dehydration, not sweating is an important sign when detecting a lack of water intake. When the body is low on fluid levels, it begins to preserve the water as a coping mechanism. According to Self, this often occurs in severe cases like heat exhaustion or stroke.
Remember to consume eight ounces of water, eight times a day — the 8×8 rule — to ensure proper hydration. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or a lack of energy, try out IV Vitamin Therapy at KC Wellness! This treatment replenishes the body with vitamins and minerals. To learn more about IV Vitamin Therapy, call us at 816-214-5276 or visit http://bit.ly/2mjwoOh.