At E-LyteSport, we know all about combatting dehydration. Our electrolyte drinks are designed for athletes, and help reinvigorate muscles and prevent the kind of damaging cramps and dizziness you can run into if you become dehydrated.
Not everyone is quite as conscious of staying hydrated, and many people might have no idea that they’re in danger or could benefit from our electrolyte concentrate. With that in mind, here are a few of the less obvious signs of dehydration – we all know about cramps or dizziness, but did you know that several of these factors could be signals as well?
Saliva has antibacterial properties in it, but as the body dehydrates, it’s prevented from making the requisite amounts of saliva. This can cause overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth, which will lead to bad breath. If you frequently work out with someone who always seems to have a foul odor on their breath during workouts, this could be a sign you should point out to them (as politely as possible, of course).
Some people think that dehydration only comes when someone is extremely sweaty, but this often isn’t the case. A later stage of dehydration involves a lack of blood volume, which creates dry skin. Skin may also be flushed because it’s not evaporating as well. Keep in mind that dehydration can come even in cooler seasons or climates, so dry skin in any scenario during exercise is worth monitoring.
Fever or Chills
Though it sounds counterintuitive, a severely dehydrated body will often lead straight to fever or chill symptoms. If a fever rises over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, seek medical attention.
During dehydration, certain organs like the liver can have issues processing nutrients within the body. This can lead to cravings – often for sweets, but also potentially for salty items. This is your body struggling with glycogen production. If possible, look to fruits and vegetables, which are healthy and have a high water content to help the body stay hydrated.
For more information on spotting the signs of dehydration, or to find out details on our sugarfree electrolyte drink and how it can benefit you, speak to the experts at E-LyteSport today.