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12 Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Water

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

"You need more water," we've all heard.

"Water is essential for good health."

"Drink extra water if you have a headache."

Despite this, many of us still aren't getting enough.

I've encountered friends who claim they don't drink water because they don't like it.

This has absolutely confused me, but I digress.

Water, as previously said, is necessary for survival.

Our water requirements vary, but for the most part, we need at least 64 ounces each day to be hydrated and healthy.

If you feel you aren't getting enough water and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, it may be time to start include more water in your daily routine and stop putting your health and well-being on the back burner.

1. You have dry skin.

It should come as no surprise that our skin, as our biggest organ, requires constant hydration. Dry skin is one of the first indications of dehydration. It's also difficult for your body to maintain your skin clean and detoxed if it's dehydrated. As a result, you may get infections, rashes, or breakouts.

2. Your eyes are dry.

When you're dehydrated, your eyes might appear dry and bloodshot. Water is required by your body to moisten your tear ducts, which are required to keep your eyes and vision healthy.

3. Your mouth is dry.

It's not just thirsty dry; it's completely dry. Saliva is essential for keeping your mouth clean, and a dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay.

4. You suffer from chronic headaches.

Everyone gets a headache now and then, but a headache is one of the most common indications of dehydration. Dehydration can promote inflammation because it reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Inflammation in the brain is harmful, and it can produce headaches at its worst. It has the potential to induce brain damage in the worst-case scenario.

5. You have a nasty case of foul breath.

Dehydration causes a lack of saliva, which leads to a rise in germs and acid in the mouth. Saliva production is maintained by drinking water. When you're dehydrated, though, this bacterium thrives and emits a foul odor.

6. Your urine has an unusual appearance.

You can tell if you need extra water by looking at your pee. Because water is required to eliminate toxins from the body, dark and yellow to amber urine indicates dehydration. You may urinate less regularly if you are dehydrated.

7. You're suffering from constipation.

You may not be able to make as many bowel motions as needed if you are dehydrated. It's possible that you'll only generate little lumps, and your stool may seem dry. Water assists digestion, so drink enough of it if you want to stay regular.

8. You are constantly hungry and thirsty.

Although being thirsty is an evident indicator, the thirst I'm referring about is an insatiable thirst. Dehydration also causes extreme appetite, which might make you want to eat all the time. If you're continually reaching for munchies, try drinking more water.

9. You're experiencing joint discomfort.

Water is required by your cartilage and spinal discs. Water is required to keep your bones from grinding together because they are made up of around 80% water. A lack of water not only causes discomfort, but it can also cause bone deterioration.

10. Your muscular mass has shrunk.

Your muscles, like the rest of your body, are made up of water. As a result, if you drink less water, you lose muscle mass. Water also helps to minimize muscular exhaustion, inflammation, and discomfort from weightlifting.

11. You continue to be ill.

Water cleanses and detoxifies our bodies, flushing sickness and pollutants out. We require water to recover from disease and illness.

12. You continue to be exhausted.

When our bodies run out of water from external sources, they draw it from internal sources, such as your blood. This causes a reduction in oxygen in the body and blood, making you weary. If you frequently encounter a mid-afternoon slump, it's time to up your water intake.

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