10 Important Signs That You Aren't Drinking Enough Water
In order to work properly, your body needs about 8 glasses of water every day. For many, fewer glasses may be enough, but it's important to read the signs in order to know when you're dehydrated.
1. Your mouth feels dry.
The water lubricates the mucous membranes and keeps your mouth moist with saliva. Sugary drinks may also satisfy your thirst on the moment, but it's the water that works for a longer period of time.
2. You feel very thirsty.
Even after you've already had a glass of water, if you still have that hangover-like feeling that you need more liquids, trust your body and drink some more. Your body knows best when your fluid levels are low and it's sending you signals that it needs to be hydrated.
3. Your hair is thin.
Like the rest of your body, your hair is made up of cells which need water in order to grow and stay healthy. If your hair is thin and dry and you experience sudden hair loss, you may be dehydrated.
4. Your skin is dry.
Dry skin is one of the earliest and most obvious signs that your body is dehydrated. If you notice your skin getting dry, instead of using expensive products, try drinking more fluids and you'll fix it in a couple of days.
5. Your joints hurt.
Your spinal discs and cartilages are made up of 80% water, necessary to keep your bones from grinding each other when you move. When your body is dehydrated, every time you run or jump, you feel each shock in your joints.
6. You take a lot of time to recover from being sick.
In order to recover, say from a cold, you need water to flush out the toxins from your body. If you aren't having plenty of fluids when you're sick, whatever makes you ill stays longer in your organism.
7. You're always tired.
When you're dehydrated, your body borrows water from your blood, causing a lack of oxygen being delivered to your cells. As a result, you'll experience sleepiness and fatigue which won't be solved by a cup of coffee.
8. You feel hungry.
Some of the times you suddenly feel hungry, your body doesn't need food, but water. If you feel hungry after you've just eaten a half an hour ago, or you suddenly wake up in the middle of the night craving snacks, it may be a sign that you're thirsty.
9. You experience digestive problems.
Dehydration often leads to stomach problems like heartburn and indigestion and let's not forget about constipation, which is another common sign that you're not drinking enough water.
10. You experience premature aging.
A dehydrated body ages earlier than it should. If you aren't drinking enough water, you may notice premature wrinkles on your skin, but also inside damages which are more harmful and harder to notice. As you grow older, you'll need to increase the amount of water you drink, to keep your body young.