We hear every day that most of us are not drinking enough water. Even though we know that we need it, for one reason or another, we often fail to make it a priority. As a result, there are changes in our health. The average adult body is made up of 55-60 per cent water, which is an indication of the importance of drinking water to replenish and refresh these vital stores. It makes sense that when we get dehydrated, our bodies, much like our vehicles, send out clear warning signs that we need to check our fluid levels. So, if that happens, it is important to do everything we can to get our hydration level back on track.
Here are some signs that indicate that you’re not drinking enough water:
Dry Skin: It’s normal for our skin to change with the seasons. In winter, we may find that our skin seems dull and lifeless. This is because dry skin lacks (oil) and we are meant to take care of it through the application of oil-rich products. When skin loses its lustre, it’s mostly due to dehydration.
Dry Mouth: It feels a bit too obvious to point this out. Not drinking enough water makes your mouth and tongue to become extra dry and sticky, but some people may genuinely miss this sign. Along the same lines, being excessively thirsty is actually a symptom that you’ve been dehydrated for a while. In both cases, grab a glass and start replenishing any lost fluids. It’s worth mentioning, however, that a dry mouth and increased thirst can be a sign of something more serious. If your symptoms haven’t improved after a few days of focused rehydration, you should probably make an appointment with your doctor.
Feeling Tired All the Time: Pay attention to your routines to make sure that you are getting enough sleep every night. If you are resting well but still feel sluggish and tired all of the time, you might be dehydrated. Fatigue can seriously affect your sense of well-being and ability to concentrate. It can leave you feeling clumsy and prone to accidents. No one wants to feel this way, obviously. Fortunately, things could be improved simply by sipping in the right amount of water throughout the day.
Urinary Tract Infections: One major cause of urinary tract infections is dehydration. Drinking water helps to flush bacteria from our bladders, thus preventing infection from setting in. Some warning signs that our water intake is too low include dark coloured urine or a decreased need to urinate. Of course, if it feels like you’ve got an infection, see a medical professional. Drink plenty of water while at it.
With the tips we have provided here, you should be able to determine if you are not taking enough water. If so, all you have to do is to drink up!