Water makes up about 60% of the human body and is needed to help maintain a healthy weight, flush out toxins from the body, and keep your temperature normal. It’s important that you stay hydrated because failing to drink enough water can cause dehydration and adverse symptoms that can be uncomfortable.
So how do you know if you’re drinking enough water? Here are some signs that your body might be crying out for H2O.
When you’re dehydrated, there is less blood flow to your brain and muscles. This prohibits your brain and muscles from receiving enough oxygen, making you feel fatigued and confused.
Feeling thirsty sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s not always a clear indicator that your body needs to be hydrated. A quick urine check could be the most effective way to see if you’re dehydrated. If it’s pale yellow, you’re hydrated. If it’s darker, it’s time for a glass of water (or two!).
Your skin loses water by sweating when it’s hot. You also lose moisture when it’s cooler because the air is drier.
You may have a headache even if you’re mildly dehydrated. A pounding headache may be linked to low blood pressure due to water loss.
Dehydration can cause nausea and dizziness, which can lead to vomiting. This makes you lose even more water.
Dehydration interrupts the body’s ability to access glucose for energy and can trigger cravings for foods high in carbs and sugar.
Water promotes healthy bowel movements and reduces the risk of constipation. Without water, you may have difficult or fewer bowel movements.
What’s the solution to alleviate these symptoms? Drink water!
If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:
If you think the taste of water is boring, add some excitement and flavor by steeping fresh fruits, sliced veggies, or herbs in your water.
Keeping a reusable stainless steel water bottle with you throughout the day can help you drink more water. You can take it anywhere and easily refill it when you’re low on water. Not only that, it’s a great way to save money on plastic water bottles you don’t need.
If you’re forgetful or too busy to drink water, setting reminders using an app or the alarm on your phone can help you increase your water intake.
If you eat 3 meals per day, this is a simple way to add an extra 3 glasses of water to your daily water intake.
One sneaky way to drink more water is through fruits and vegetables with high water content including watermelon, cantaloupe, lettuce, celery, and zucchini.
Adequate water intake is essential to good health. Are you getting enough?
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