These 13 Signs Say That You're Not Hydrated Enough


Here are some warning signs to look out for if you think you don't consume water that your body needs. And in case you do, start with a glass of water now.



Here a glass of water that could be the difference maker in your life!



1. Dry Skin


If your skin is like this, you need more water!

Your skin is your body's largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full-on dehydration, which can lead to much larger problems. Lack of water means lack of sweat, which leads to a body's inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to stave off breakouts, your first recourse should be to drink more water.


2. Dry Mouth


Drink more water if you feel like this.

This seems pretty obvious, but the ramifications might not be so. Of course, any time you feel that sticky, nasty feeling in your mouth, you'd obviously reach for some sort of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat, which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip.



3. Dry Eyes


Eyes also feel thirst!

By now it should be clear that drinking water affects more than just your mouth and throat. A lack of water intake leads to dry, bloodshot eyes (again, think of that last pounding hangover). Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up. If you're thinking "So what if I can't cry?", realize that this could cause much more harm to your eyes, especially if you wear contacts on a daily basis.


4. Always Overly Thirsty


Always thirsty?

We went over dry mouth already, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who's ever had a hangover can tell you that, upon waking up, your body just can't get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water sends "YES PLEASE!" signals to the brain until your fluid levels get back to baseline. Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it's talking about!




5. You Experience Joint Pain


Your pain could be just lack of water.

Our cartilage and spinal discs are made up of about 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to keep our bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements, such as running, jumping, or falling awkwardly.


6. Muscle Mass Decreases


Skipping water can weaken your muscles.

Your muscles, also, are comprised mostly of water. Obviously, less water in the body means less muscle mass. Drinking water before, during, and after a workout not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable, it also brings water to the right places in your body, and decreases the chance of developing inflammation and soreness related to exercise and weightlifting.


7. You Stay Sick Longer


Lack of water means longer time on sick leave.

Drinking water allows your body to continuously flush out toxins. Your organs work to filter our certain waste products like a machine, but if you don't fuel the machine with water, it cannot work properly. What ends up happening in a dehydrated body is organs start to pull water from stored areas like your blood, which leads to a whole new set of problems.


8. You Feel Fatigued and Lethargic


Feeling tired already?

As we just mentioned, when a body is dehydrated it "borrows" water from your blood. A lack of properly hydrated blood leads to a lack of oxygen being brought throughout the body. Of course, a lack of oxygen leads to sleepiness and outright fatigue. A lack of stamina means you'll start to experience that 2PM crash earlier and earlier in your day (and remember, coffee won't help in the long run).


9. Hunger Pangs


Craving again for food?

When you're dehydrated, your body might start to think it needs some food. This happens throughout the day, and overnight when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water purifies and your organs and supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes a body goes through.


10. Digestive Problems


Drink more water for better digestion.

We spoke before about the mucus in our mouth and throat, and how keeping hydrated allows the membrane to function correctly. This also applies to the entire digestive system. Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, allowing stomach acid to do some major damage to your insides. This leads to what we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion.


11. Reduced Urination


Don't visit restroom more often? You could be lacking in water!

Believe it or not, if you're not taking a trip to the restroom 4-7 times a day, you're probably not drinking enough water. And when you do go #1, it should be a light yellow or clear color. If it's a darker yellow, your body is telling you it's lacking proper hydration. In extreme cases, dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections, in which case you should consult a doctor right away.


12. Constipation


Release that by drinking more water!

Like we said, 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. Without going into too much detail, I'll let you figure out what a lack of lubricant in the intestines leads to.


13. Premature Ageing


Early wrinkles are caused by lack of water.

The amount of water our bodies retain naturally decreases as we age. Obviously, what this means is that, as we get older, we should consciously increase our water intake. While premature aging is more evident on the outside, the damage it does to our insides will ultimately be felt over time. To decrease the risk of running your body raw, it's important to continue to drink water throughout your lifetime.


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