We’ve talked about some of the positive benefits of getting hydrated each day, but did you know there are various negative effects of dehydration?
These include (but are not limited to):
Your physical appearance
One of the primary negative effective of dehydration is very dry skin. It may even get flaky, itchy or irritated.
When it comes to your face specifically, dehydration can lead to sunken eyes and dark under eye circles may appear - making you look sleepy! You may also experience increased appearance of fine lines or wrinkles.
Sleepiness and fatigue
Dehydration doesn't just make you look sleepy, it can most definitely actually make you sleepy, too! Dehydration contributes to your lack of energy and fatigue - and potentially even your inability to get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re very dehydrated, your blood pressure can drop, oxygen in your brain can decrease, which all leads to you feeling dizzy.
Rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing
Your body works hard to pump blood and oxygen around your body, and being hydrated assists with this. So when you’re dehydrated, you may experience palpitations.
Confusion or irritability
In severe cases, dehydration can lead to confusion or irritability. This is especially common in those 60 years old plus. Don’t get grumpy - reach for your water bottle!
If your body fluids drop, so can your blood pressure. In severe cases when it has dropped quite low, you increase the chance of fainting when you stand up!