If you clicked on this article, chances are you think you aren’t drinking enough water. Despite how refreshing and satisfying a tall, ice-cold glass of water may be, many of us deprive ourselves of the sacred natural resource.
When you learn the signs of inadequate water intake, you’ll be determined to drink more before it’s too late. Thankfully the video below reveals several easy ways to drink more water!
According to Mayo Clinic, doctors recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Water is essential to good health; by not drinking enough on a daily basis, we are continuously damaging our bodies.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you might want to pour a glass of water right now! Everyone needs to know this. `
Here Are 13 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water:
#1: You Experience Joint Pain
Did you know our cartilage and spinal discs are made up of about 80 percent water? This is vital for keeping our bones from painfully grinding against each other with every step we take. By drinking enough water, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements, such as jumping, running, or falling awkwardly.
#2: You Experience Digestive Problems
Without sufficient hydration, stomach acid can do some brutal damage to your insides. Drinking enough water allows the membrane in the entire digestive system to function correctly. If you deal with heartburn or indigestion, proper water intake will improve your situation tremendously.
#3: You Feel Fatigued and Sluggish
When the body is dehydrated, it “borrows” water from your blood. The absence of hydrated blood leads to a lack of oxygen throughout the body. Consequently, a lack of oxygen leads to sleepiness and serious fatigue. Remember: no matter how much coffee you drink, only water can resolve that lack of stamina!
#4: Your Mouth Is Dry
This may seem humorous, but the ramifications are no laughing matter. Many people are tempted to reach for a sugary drink to get rid of that sticky, nasty feeling in your mouth. However, they’re only a temporary solution to a greater problem. To keep your mouth moist with saliva beyond that first sip, lubricate the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat by simply drinking water.
#5: Your Muscle Mass Decreases
Since muscles are comprised mostly of water, less water in the body obviously results in less muscle mass. It’s especially important to drink water before, during, and after a workout. This not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable, but it also lowers the chance of developing soreness and inflammation.
#6: Your Skin is Dry
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it obviously needs to stay hydrated. One of the earliest signs of full-on dehydration, which can lead to much more severe problems, is dry skin. When you fail to drink enough water, you will also sweat less; that might sound like a good thing, but it interferes with your body’s natural ability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to prevent or suppress breakouts, drinking enough water will work wonders.
#7: You’re Outrageously Thirsty
There’s nothing more satisfying than a cold glass of water when you wake up with a hangover from hell. That’s your body’s way of telling you what it needs, so listen to it! Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water helps your fluid levels get back to normal.
#8: You Stay Sick Longer
In order for our bodies to successfully flush out toxins, we must drink water. Your organs work hard to filter out certain waste products. Just as a car’s engine needs fuel to run efficiently, your body needs water to function properly. When your body is dehydrated, organs start pulling water from stored areas like your blood, which leads to an entirely different level of problems.
#9: Your Eyes Are Dry
Failure to consume enough water leads to dry, bloodshot eyes. Your tear ducts dry up when you body lacks water. This could cause all kinds of damage to your eyes, especially if you you wear contacts on a daily basis.
#10: You Experience Hunger Pangs
Do you ever get the irresistible urge to eat when you wake up in the middle of the night? You might experience that raging hunger throughout the day too. Dehydration impacts the part of the brain that regulates both appetite and thirst. When dehydration sets in, it causes you to believe you need to eat when you really need liquid intake. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, you really need to be drinking water. Try it the next few times your appetite kicks in. You’d be surprise how fast that hunger disappears.
#11: You Experience Constipation
Since the water you consume helps lubricate the digestive system, staying hydrated is critical. When dehydration sets in, the colon uses up the water that would have been used by the intestines in the next step of the digestive process. The lack of lubricant in the intestines ultimately leads to constipation. To avoid this uncomfortable pain, doctors strongly advise adequate water intake.
#12: You Experience Reduced Urination
You know you’re not drinking enough water if you’re not taking a trip to the restroom 4 to 7 times a day. Proper hydration will result in a light yellow or “clear” urine, while a darker yellow color is your body’s signal that it’s dehydrated. Severe dehydration can sometimes lead to urinary tract infections, which should be treated by a doctor immediately.
#13: You Experience Premature Aging
As we get older, the amount of water our bodies retain naturally decreases. Increasing your water intake is essential to aging healthily. Although premature aging may be more obvious on the outside, the harm it does to our insides will eventually be felt over time. Make drinking water a priority throughout your lifetime to combat premature aging.
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