5 Signs You May Be Dehydrated

5 Signs You May Be Dehydrated

Any basic health advice, from a chiropractor or anyone else, will tell you to focus on drinking enough water. Our bodies are made of mostly water, and we lose water throughout the day by doing simple things like using the bathroom, sweating, crying, dieting, or drinking alcohol, which is why it is critical to replenish each day. Water has a host of health benefits, and when we don’t have enough, we can become dehydrated.

Many people visit a Rochester Hills chiropractor with pain and symptoms of dehydration without knowing that it is the underlying cause. Look out for these signs of dehydration to be sure you are staying healthy and safe.

Muscle Cramping

The muscles rely on water to help them stay lubricated and able to move smoothly. Without enough water, they can become dry and tight, leading to cramps. Waking up with a Charlie horse or suddenly experiencing a cramp during the day is a sign that your body may need more water. Especially if you work out regularly, cramping can be a sure sign of dehydration.


Extreme tiredness that makes it hard to move or get motivated can be a sign of dehydration. Because the heart relies on water to keep blood pumping, dehydration means the heart has to work harder to pump blood and organs have to work harder to function, which can tire the body out quickly.

Toxin Build Up

Toxins can build up in the body over time because of the air, food, and medications we put into our bodies. Even healthy things like a spinal adjustment or massage can release toxins into the body, which is healthy so long as they are flushed out. Dehydration can make it difficult to flush out these toxins, which may cause general discomfort or trouble moving properly.

Trouble Losing Weight

Drinking a lot of water can help you feel full faster and helps the body feel satisfied. Some people who struggle to lose weight may be drinking too many other liquids, like soda, instead of water. When the body is dehydrated, it can hold onto water, inflating your weight and jeopardizing your diet.

Dry Mouth

Our mouths are typically wet with saliva, but when the body does not take in enough water, we produce less mucus overall. If your mouth feels dry, it can be the body’s way of indicating that you need water, and you drinking more water regularly can help it feel less dry.

Drinking enough water is a key part of both mental and physical health. Chiropractic care from the team at Vitality Precision Chiropractic is an important element of maintaining overall health and wellness. When paired with healthy habits like drinking enough water, this care can help you lead your healthiest possible life. If you think something else may be causing your symptoms, contact Dr. Brendan Shanahan and Dr. Thomas Madigan today for your first appointment.