The average human body is 60% water, so it should come as to no surprise that not drinking enough is detrimental to your health.
We lose water through our sweat glands and even just by breathing, so it's important that we drink plenty of the fluid each day to replenish our organs.
As our bodies age, we don't retain water the same way as we used to, and we often miss some of the signs that we're in need of hydration. Trust me, it's more than just feeling thirsty, and if you don't pay attention to these 10 warning signs, you may be jeopardizing your overall well-being.
1. You always seem to be sick
Your doctor tells you to keep hydrated when you're sick for good reason. Water flushes out toxins in your body so that your organs can function properly. When your organs need water to survive, they'll start to borrow water stored in your blood cells, which will do you no good in the long run.
2. You're usually craving a snack
When I say snack, I don't mean a bag of carrots. Dehydration impacts your digestive track, causing bacteria to grow rapidly in your intestines. Like most bacteria, they crave sugar, which helps to keep them alive.
3. Your skin is aging faster than your peers
No one wants to look like their friend's mom. As we grow older, our bodies need more water because our sensation of thirst gradually decreases. Water helps keep our skin moisturized and look young and fresh, so not drinking enough will only dry out your skin, which will cause wrinkles and speed up the aging process.
4. You always feel tired and exhausted
When your body is borrowing water from your blood cells, there's not enough of them pumping to give you energy, so you're going to feel lethargic. Instead of burrowing under your bedsheets, replenish your system with some life-saving H2O.
5. Gaining weight
This one may come as a surprise to you, because water probably makes you feel bloated, but it's actually true.
If you aren't consuming enough liquids, your body can't burn fat properly, which will encourage you to eat more and will slow down your metabolism.
These next ones are key indicators that you need to drink more water!