Sunshine and long days are a lovely benefit of the warmer seasons, but the excess heat, combined with not keeping your reusable water bottle handy while you're traipsing around town, can quickly make you dehydrated. We all know the benefits of staying hydrated, but you probably didn't know that some very gross things can happen to your body when you're dehydrated. While many of us are familiar with dehydration headaches, there are other, less obvious symptoms that the body doesn't have enough water, and they're all worth knowing, even if they're slightly peculiar.
Avoiding dehydration can be tough if you're in a position where you're sweating out fluids at a high rate. If you're doing endurance exercise or at the gym for a long session, remember to include water breaks; these are an essential part of your routine. But even if you're having a relatively chilled out day at the beach, exposure to hot temperatures causes dehydration at a faster rate than sitting in an air-conditioned office, so make sure you have enough water around to keep your hydration levels stable. And I do mean water, not cocktails or beer; alcohol, like coffee and tea, is a diuretic, meaning that it causes you to urinate and lose a lot of the hydration benefits of liquid. Keep a water bottle handy and if you notice any of the symptoms on this list, make rehydration a priority.