Water makes up to 60% of the human adult body, so staying hydrated is very important. When you don’t get enough water, it can cause unforeseen health risks and start creating significant damage.
If keeping track of how much water you consumed on a daily isn’t really your thing, then perhaps measuring your lack of water intake will be a reminder to stay hydrated. Here are some signs you’re not drinking enough water:
You have a dry mouth and skin.
Having dry skin is a sign that the body needs water and is actually an early indicator of full-on dehydration. (Pinch the skin on the top of your hand. If it doesn’t immediately go back to being flat on your hand, you’re dehydrated.)
Drinking water can help lubricate the mucous membranes in your mouth and throat and help keep the body moisturized throughout the day. Yes, it may seem pretty obvious that a dry mouth is usually a sign of the body needing water but be careful what liquids are used to quench that thirst. While many brands claim to “quench your thirst,” reaching for that sugary drink is a short term solution to a larger problem.
Your pee color is very dark.
Yes, that’s right. The color of your urine is a great indicator of how well your body is hydrated. The darker the color, the more water you should drink. Lighter looking pee means you’re drinking water regularly. Of course, going to the bathroom 20 times a day is also a sign you’re drinking enough water but that’s a small price to stay healthy.
You have a lot of hunger pains and digestive problems.
Your mind can play tricks on you. When you’re dehydrated, feelings of hunger start to kick in. Eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water flushes your organs and supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes a body goes through.
Water keeps our membranes functioning properly. Mucus, which is found in the mouth and throat, is also needed to fight off stomach acid, which would otherwise cause major damage. It can start as heartburn and indigestion, but lead to painful ulcers and other issues.
You feel tired all the time and stay sick a lot longer than you should.
It’s simple really. A lack of properly hydrated blood leads to sleepiness and fatigue. Perhaps that’s why you feel like you’re crashing down around 2pm. Unfortunately, coffee can only do so much and won’t help you in the long run.
Your body also needs water to help it flush out toxins. Think of your body as a machine and water is the much needed oil to make it run smoothly. Dehydrated body organs won’t function properly and will eventually start pulling water from other organs, like your heart. This could lead to a whole new set of problems.
Learn to listen to your body and drink water when you feel thirsty. Here’s a video that will give you a better guideline on how much water you should drink.
~To Your Survival