Did you know that a human being cannot live more than 6 days without water?
Obviously water is absolutely essential in order for us to survive, but why? Surely getting thirsty shouldn’t come with a death sentence!
Well, it’s because water makes up a total of 50 to 70 per cent of our total body weight. That’s a large amount, right? But when you consider that our brains are actually made up of 85 per cent water, then it’s not hard to see why it’s so important.
When we go through a long period of time while not drinking any water, our bodies and organs will start to shut down. Symptoms of becoming fatally dehydrated include developing a headache, mood swings and dizziness.
But symptoms like these can tell us a lot, even if you’re not at the point of being dangerously dehydrated yet. See, by the time you start getting thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
This is because our bodies only begin to sense thirst and tell us about it well after we are actually dehydrated.
Every day we lose 2-3 liters of water from our bodies through sweat, bowel movements, and urine. So it’s recommended that you drink 2 liters of water a day to replace the water that you’ve lost.
Here are 12 common signs that you aren’t drinking enough water that you should recognise before you begin to feel thirsty.
If you have a healthy intake of fiber, but you still find that you suffer from regular constipation, it may mean that you aren’t drinking enough water. It’s important to your digestive health that your body stays hydrated, so make sure you drink enough water to do so!
2. Mood swings
If you’re feeling unusually tired or moody, it could actually mean that you’re dehydrated. Because as we know our brains are mostly made of water, when we are dehydrated it affects our moods and can also cause us to have a feeling of low energy.
3. Dry mouth
If your mouth is dry, it definitely means you’re dehydrated. That’s because you’re dehydrated, the process of making saliva slows down significantly while your body diverts that much-needed moisture to other more important places. And that’s why you get a dry mouth when you’re thirsty.
Do you get regular, dull headaches? Studies have shown that even being slightly dehydrated could cause headaches. So next time you feel a headache coming on, drink a glass of water and it will probably help.
5. Dry skin
If you want to keep that youthful, glowing look, the secret is to simply drink plenty of water. When we’re dehydrated, our skin can dry out and lose its elasticity. You can stay hydrated not just by drinking water, but also lemon water or flavored teas. Keep it up and your skin will have a healthy, youthful appearance in no time.
6. Blurred vision
If you notice that your eyes are unusually dry or your vision seems blurred, you could be dehydrated. Your eyes are another part of your body mostly made up of water, and of course are pretty sensitive organs, so a lack of hydration can effect them pretty radically without anything happening to the rest of your body.
If you suddenly get dizzy when you stand up, that could mean that you are dehydrated. Even our blood is mostly made up of water, at over 95 per cent of its volume made of the stuff. So since there is less water to make up your blood as usual, this can result in low blood pressure, one symptom of this being dizzy spells.
8. Muscle cramps
Have you ever gone for a jog and cramped up halfway through? This might just be because you’re dehydrated. Make sure you’re drinking enough liquids before your workout and remember to stay hydrated throughout. Remember it’s extra important to replace those fluids you lose through sweat during exercise!
9. Discolored urine
When your urine is darker than normal, it could mean that you are dehydrated. Normally, your urine should either be close to clear, or a sort of straw color.
10. Heart palpitations
If you experience heart palpitations, try to stay away from the coffee and drink more water. Sure, it’s a good source of water, but heart palpitations usually occur when a person is dehydrated but has also consumed a lot of caffeine. So it’s important to not just get your fluids through caffeinated drinks like coffee.
Sometimes when our bodies are hungry, it actually means that we’re just dehydrated. Weird, right? Well, when you have that sudden urge for sweets, try drinking a glass of water instead. It will take the craving for sugary sweets away, leave you better hydrated and of course it’s a healthier choice!
If you notice that you’re not sweating, that could be a sign that your body is in need of hydration. So if you notice you’re not sweating even though it’s a sunny day or you’re in a hot room, drink lots of water to try and cool your body down.
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