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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Your body relies on water to function properly.
If you don't get enough of it, chances are you're going to start to feel it in different parts of your body.
If you haven't already checked a few of these symptoms off, you're bound to find some more below if you aren't drinking enough water.
Luckily the solution is easy, so drink up the good stuff and you will be surprised how much better you feel!
6. Your urine is dark
When you drink enough water your pee should be light yellow or even clear. The darker it gets, could mean that it's a sign that you're not getting enough water. Take a look before you flush next time because that is a sure-fire way to see how your body is managing your water intake.
7. You're constipated
If your constipated that means your stool is really hard. This could mean that you're not getting enough water to mix into your bowel movements. If you drink enough water regularly you should have an easy time in the bathroom.
8. You can't seem to shake a cold
Have you started to realize that a cold seems to last forever? If you are staying sick longer than usual, it may be a sign that you aren't properly hydrated. Water helps flush out toxins which is why doctors tell you to drink plenty of liquids when you're sick. Drinking water is not only helpful when you're sick but also could act as a preventative measure to stay healthy.
9. You experience dizziness
Dehydration could be one of many causes of dizziness. If you've gone past the point of feeling thirsty and still haven't had water, you may realize that you feel dizzy. If after a workout or being in the sun you start to feel uneven, try drinking some water.
If you are feeling overall drained, it could be the fact that your body just doesn't have enough water to help keep it running. Drinking enough water can help prevent fatigue due to dehydration.
How many signs are you experiencing? Share with a friend and have a glass of water together.
It's important to note that dehydration can cause some more serious symptoms. If you experience extreme thirst, infrequent urination, confusion or more contact a medical professional to get your body back on track.