7 Health Issues You Didn't Know Came From Dehydration

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A few months ago, when I was misdiagnosed with a UTI, I began drinking a ton of water to flush out the bacteria. I was surprised to find that this new habit seemed to make my mind clearer. Foggyheadedness is one of many health issues caused by dehydration. It may sound simplistic, but sometimes, improving your health really is as simple as drinking more water.

“Dehydration can affect you without you even knowing that you are dehydrated,” chiropractor Dr. Alex Tauberg DC, CSCS, EMR tells Bustle. “That's why you need to be vigilant, especially during the summer months, when it comes to staying hydrated. Sometimes, people forget to hydrate until after they are already dehydrated, and at that point, it is a lot harder to get back to being hydrated if you are participating in a physical activity.”

This doesn't mean you necessarily need eight glasses of water a day; experts instead recommend listening to your body. According to the National Academies of Sciences, "the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their daily hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide." You can tell if you're dehydrated by looking out for signs like dizziness, dry mouth, and a lack of urination. If you notice them, drink up.

Here are some health issues you may not know dehydration can contribute to.