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Little-known Signs of Dehydration

Toni-Ann DiSantis

Little-known Signs of Dehydration

Bad breath–when the body is dehydrated and therefore produces less fluid, you have less saliva, which can lead to more of the oral bacteria that cause bad breath.

Craving for sweets–dehydration can sometimes appear as hunger, so before you satisfy your sweet tooth, try drinking water to see if the craving goes away.

Cold, dry skin–in severe dehydration, the body conserves water to keep internal organs hydrated, which can make skin cold and dry.

Less elastic skin–if you pinch the back of your hand and the skin doesn’t snap back as quickly as usual, that can be a sign of dehydration.

Feeling light-headed or dizzy–when less water circulates in the body, less blood does, too, which can lead to lower blood pressure and feeling faint, dizzy or light-headed.