More than half of the world’s population suffers from dehydration without even realizing the serious health problems it can cause. Water plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health by aiding in saliva production and flushing out bacteria that can lead to dental issues.
If you’re not drinking enough water, it can hinder saliva production, allowing bacteria to thrive on your tongue, teeth, and gums, leading to bad breath. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, chronic bad breath may persist if you’re dehydrated.
If bad breath persists after increasing your water intake, it’s essential to make an appointment with your doctor to rule out other underlying causes, such as gum disease, type 2 diabetes, or liver and kidney problems.
To help you understand whether your body is getting enough water and how dehydration can negatively affect you, here are some signs of light and average levels of dehydration:
Signs of Light and Average Levels of Dehydration:
- Dry mouth
- Dark yellow urine
- Infrequent toilet breaks
- Dry skin lacking elasticity
- Bad breath
- Sugar cravings
- Muscle cramps
Signs of Severe Dehydration:
- Very strong thirst
- Rapid heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
- Rapid breathing
- Hollow stare
- Low blood pressure
- Extremely dry and brittle skin
- Severe dizziness
- Very dark urine, infrequent toilet breaks
- Lack of sweating even in hot weather or during physical exertion
Here’s a simple way to test your level of dehydration:
How to Test Your Level of Dehydration:
Pinch the skin on the back of your hand. If the fold of skin smooths out immediately, you’re hydrated. If the skin stays in position for a moment, you’re dehydrated.
It’s essential to stay adequately hydrated to avoid these health issues. A person is 60-80% water, and when we don’t drink enough water every day, it can lead to various problems:
From Our Blood (Up To 8%): Narrowed blood vessels, blood clots, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
From Our Intercellular Space (Up To 26%): Increased acidity levels, gout, kidney stones, brittle bones, and lower immunity.
From Our Cells (Up To 66%): Higher cholesterol, poor metabolism, accelerated aging, and difficulty burning fat effectively, which can lead to obesity.
Dehydration can also impact your workouts, making it important to stay hydrated during exercise. Signs of dehydration during exercise include:
- High pulse
Remember to drink enough water throughout the day to stay properly hydrated and prevent these health issues.