Six Important Signs YOU Need to Drink More Water
Posted On 09/20/2018
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Water aka H2O is a very essential part of the human body. If you don’t have enough water in your diet, your pretty much killing yourself. SLOWLY (using Dory’s slow voice from Disney’s Finding Dory). Remember, about 60% of the human body is made up of water. That’s a lot of water. So, how do you know that you are getting enough water in your diet? Well here’s the amazing answer. Your BODY tells you. Yes, that’s right. Your body tells you right away when your H2O levels are running low. And it does it before you even become fully dehydrated. It starts out as a little nudge, like a tiny little voice saying, “excuse me, I think it’s time to drink a little water”. If you ignore this tiny voice, then your body takes further action to get your attention. Like someone banging down a door (with a hammer) shouting, “HELLOooo, anyone there. I need water!”. And by this time, you are so parched you can barely think straight. At any moment you can pass out from dehydration.
THE EARLY SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION
Here are some of the signs that your body is telling you that you NEED more water.
- The most obvious sign is a feeling of thirst. Your brain is wired in such a way that when you start to lose water, it signals the rest of the body and that’s how you feel thirsty. Be forewarned by the time you do start to feel thirsty you are already mildly dehydrated, so it’s better to just make it a habit to drink water instead of waiting until you feel thirsty.
- You have dry eyes, dry mouth, and or dry lips. These parts of your body always need to stay moist. When the body has less water, the cells start to dry up.
- You have a dull or a pounding headache. When you don’t have enough water, it affects the blood vessels especially those in the brain. The blood vessels start to swell and that’s what causes the pain of a headache.
- You feel hungover, have trouble concentrating and forget little things (or big things). Have you ever felt like you were out drinking all night, and you have a constant fog where your brain once was, and you WEREN’T EVEN DRINKING? Well, it could be because you need more water. Inadequate water intake can lead to a low volume of blood in the body. This can slow blood flow to vital organs, including the brain. Which explains the “fog”. If left untreated this can lead to CONFUSION.
- You pee less frequently and when you do, your urine is dark. (It might even smell). When you are dehydrated, there is less fluid in your body to flush out your kidneys. The kidney flushes the body of harmful chemicals and wastes. If dehydration continues it can lead to kidney disease and eventually kidney failure.
- You feel lethargic. Not drinking enough water can send the body into a state of constant fatigue. Why? Because the cells in the body need water to keep them in balance. When there is any kind of electrolyte imbalance, the body’s vital organs all slow down, and the body slows down as well.
Other signs that your H2O intake is low include having dry skin, acne, constipation, chapped lips, and brittle hair.
JUST KEEP DRINKING
So, what can you do to combat this process?
Drink more water. One of the easiest ways to visualize if you are getting enough water is to check your urine. Urine that is clear or light yellow is a good indication that you are adequately hydrated.
I personally love to drink Smart Water. I love the way it tastes, plus it is enhanced with electrolytes that your body needs.
But whatever your water preference, just remember, it is important to DRINK water every day.
The discomforts caused by dehydration can also cause irritability. Yes, being dehydrated can cause you to be easily irritated, which can eventually lead to people not wanting to be around you. Just check out my article. So do yourself and everyone else around you a favor and drink some water.
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