10 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

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Did you know that humans can live 3 minutes without air, though I don’t recommend trying. In a harsh environment — it’s snowing, say — you have 3 hours to survive without shelter. After 3 days, you need water or you’ll perish. You can make it 3 weeks without food, though it won’t be fun.

Because water makes up a total of 60% of our total body weight. That’s a large amount, right? Our brains & heart are actually made up of 75% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin contains 64% water, muscles & kidneys are 79%, & even the bones are watery: 31%, then it’s not hard to see why it’s so important.

Despite this, too many of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are continuously damaging our bodies. If you experience any of the following, you can improve your situation by starting with a glass of H2O. I consider myself a very hydrated person, I drink a gallon of water a day (8 bottles). Yet there are some days when I get some symptoms below!

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  1. Dry Mouth: This seems pretty obvious…if your mouth is dry, it definitely means you’re dehydrated. That’s because you’re dehydrated & the process of making saliva slows down significantly while your body diverts that much-needed moisture to other more important places. Drinking water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth & throat, which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip. That’s why you get a dry mouth when you’re thirsty.Image result for dry skin

  2. Dry Skin: If you want to keep that youthful, glowing look, the secret is to simply drink plenty of water. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. When we’re dehydrated, our skin can dry out and lose its elasticity. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt & oil accumulated throughout the day. Drink more water & your skin will have a healthy, youthful appearance in no time!Image result for muscle cramps

  3. Muscle Cramps/Charley Horses: Have you ever gone for a jog or walk & cramped up? Do you get frequent Charley Horses? This might be because you’re dehydrated. Make sure you’re drinking enough liquids before your workout or spend time outside & remember to stay hydrated throughout. Remember it’s extra important to replace those fluids you lose through sweat during exercise! Your muscles, also, are comprised mostly of water. Obviously, less water in the body means less muscle mass. Image result for hungry

  4. You’re Hungry: When you’re dehydrated, your body might start to think it needs some food. This happens throughout the day, & overnight when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water purifies your organs & supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes in the body. When you have that sudden urge for sweets, try drinking a glass of water instead. It will take the craving for sugary sweets away!Image result for constipated

  5. Constipation: Staying hydrated helps lubricate the digestive system. During the process of dehydration, the colon uses up the water that would have been used by the intestines in the next step of the digestive process. It’s important to your digestive health that your body stays hydrated, so make sure you drink enough water!Image result for headache

  6. Headaches & Migraines: I use to suffer from migraines, every time I went to the hospital they would give me an IV & tell me that dehydration is the main cause of migraines! Go figure. Studies have shown that even being slightly dehydrated could cause headaches. So next time you feel a headache coming on, drink a glass of water!Related image

  7. Dry Eyes/Blurred Vision: When your eyes are unusually dry or your vision seems blurred, you could be dehydrated. Your eyes are another part of your body mostly made up of water, so a lack of hydration can effect them pretty radically without anything happening to the rest of your body.Image result for dark urine

  8. Dark Urine: Normal urine should be clear or a light straw color. Anything darker is usually a sign of dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys try to hold on to as much water as they can without neglecting their job: excreting waste products from the body. Drink, drink, drink!Image result for dizzy

  9. Dizziness: If you’re dizzy, irritable, or confused, it could have something to do with your liquid levels: Dehydration could lead to low blood pressure, with less blood, oxygen, &  fuel flowing to the brain. Even our blood is mostly made up of water, at over 95% of its volume. So since there is less water to make up your blood as usual, this can result in low blood pressure & can ultimately alter your mental state.Image result for mood swings

  10. Mood Swings: Water brings oxygen into the body. The more oxygenated your cells, the more alive you will feel. However, if you don’t drink enough water, the body must get oxygen from your blood to compensate, which will suck your body of oxygen. This will make your whole system slow down & make it harder for your body to function properly. This will inevitably make you more tired, moody, and downright lethargic.

Prevent severe dehydration, which can ultimately threaten your life. Stop annoying symptoms in their tracks & look out for these signs of mild dehydration.

The remedy is no farther than your sink, so drink up!

Till next time…

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