It's safe to assume that not all of us are drinking the recommended 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water every day.
It may sounds like a lot, but when you think about it, we also lose a lot of water each day. From sweat, to bathroom trips, even in our breath as we breathe and talk water, is disappearing from our bodies.
But what really happens to our bodies when we aren't drinking enough water?
1. Your mouth is dry
While it may seem obvious, many of us ignore this symptom and continue on with our day. Some times we will quench our thirst with a soft drink or cup of coffee, when really we are further dehydrating our body. When your mouth gets dry, always go for the water first- it's what your body needs.
2. You have dry skin
It's not just forced air that can cause your skin to get dry over the winter. When you don't have enough water, your body's largest organ tends to dry out. Grab a glass of water and some lotion to get it feeling better in no time.
3. Your eyes are dry
Think of the last time you had a hangover. You probably not only woke up thirsty and with a headache, but your eyes were probably red too. That's because alcohol dehydrates your body and that includes your eyes.
4. You are experiencing joint pain
Your joints are made up of 80% water, so if you're not getting enough chances are you're going to feel sore.
5. You have hunger pains
Sometimes those pains in your stomach don't mean you need to have a snack, it means that your body actually wants you to drink more. These mixed signals often trick people into thinking they're hungry when really they just need to hydrate. Next time you feel a hunger pain, drink a tall glass of water first and see how you feel.
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