Dehydration can be as obvious as not having to pee very often, having dry skin, or simply feeling thirsty. But that’s not always the case. With such staggering odds, it’s fair to say that you could be, and probably are, dehydrated right now. Without even realizing it.
Wanna find out if you might be secretly dehydrated? Read on to see if you’ve got any of these under-the-radar warning signs and scroll to the end for the ultimate hydration hack.
1. No Tears When Crying
The symptom that gives new meaning to the ‘tear-free’ label on your baby’s shampoo bottle. Most commonly seen in infants and children—who, let’s face it, tend to cry more often than adults—inability to produce tears can be a sign of not having enough fluid in the body. Knowing what to look for is especially crucial when it comes to infants and children, who can’t easily communicate when they experience symptoms.
2. Bad Breath
Did you eat a raw clove of garlic for lunch? No? Then it’s probably worth asking if that odor is trying to tell you that you’re dehydrated. In normal circumstances, the saliva in your mouth acts as a self-cleaning function. But dehydration can impact saliva production. This can allow bacteria to set up shop in your mouth and lead to—you guessed it—bad breath. Next time you reach for a mint, consider pairing it with a hefty dose of hydration.
3. Chapped Lips
You know the feeling all too well. Your lips dry up and scale off. You’re constantly swiping the lip balm, but to no avail! According to Healthline, your chapped lips could be a sign that you’re dehydrated. Good news if you still haven’t found a lip balm that works (and you’ve spent your whole life looking): there may be another route. Maintaining hydration levels could be just the ticket to soft, comfortable lips.
It probably feels counterintuitive to link constipation with dehydration, given that diarrhea is so often mentioned as a potential trigger. However, according to WebMD, dehydration is a common cause of constipation. If you’re not adequately hydrated throughout the digestion process, your large intestine will absorb water from your stool on its way out. We don’t have to tell you that the result can be uncomfortable. Try rehydrating next time you’re having toilet trouble.
5. Dark Circles Under Eyes
Finally, an answer to one of life’s big mysteries: Why your under-eye circles don’t go away no matter how much you sleep. Your dark circles could be caused by something else (like genetics, for example), but it’s a relief to know that dehydration may be to blame. Because the skin around your eyes is so close to the bone, inadequate fluid in the body can make your eyes look sunken. Staying hydrated daily may help diminish that Walking Dead look.
Any of the above sound familiar? If so, you may want to amp up your hydration. We all mean to drink enough water, but packed schedules and infinite to-do lists often get in the way. Hydration Multiplier can hydrate you 2-3x faster than water alone, making it the ultimate hydration hack. Even better? Kids love our three delicious flavors, Lemon Lime, Acai Berry, and Passion Fruit! Be on the lookout for these mysterious signs of dehydration and prepare to stop it in its tracks.