How Do You Know You Need More Water?
How often do we kid ourselves, thinking we have taken in enough fluids, when in fact our bodies are screaming out, trying to tell us something?
Your body will show signs you need more water. We all know an average body is made up of 60-70% water, and most of us are not drinking enough, but what are the clear warning signs that you are dehydrated and need to check your fluid levels?
1. You have a dry, sticky mouth and lips
If your mouth and tongue become dry and sticky, and your throat becomes sore, this is a sure way of noticing you need to replenish lost fluids. It is a great reminder to hydrate as it can lead to bad breath.
2. Your skin becomes dry
Your skin becomes extremely dry, especially around your lip area, then legs and arms, when you are dehydrated. No matter how much lotion you apply to your skin, it won’t improve without water. This is often worse in the winter months, as we often drink more water when hot.
3. You have trouble losing weight
An expanding waistline is a sure way to know you are dehydrated. Boost your metabolism up to 30% simply by drinking 500mls of water. Also, we often think we are hungry, when in fact we are only thirsty. Drinking water before a meal can also reduce your appetite.
4. Constipation and Urinary Tract Infection
Constipation is caused by your body not having enough fluids passing through your digestive track, and a leading cause of chronic constipation is dehydration.
Constant Urinary Tract Infection have many causes, with one of the main being dehydration. By drinking water flushes out bacteria from our bladders, assisting to keep infections away.
Headaches are an everyday sign of mild to moderate dehydration, and can lead to a migraine. Try to avoid all salty and sugary sports drinks, as they will enhance your headache.
Not drinking enough water can also make you tired and moody, so a great ritual would be to incorporate water into your daily routine. Set yourself reminders to drink water, and if there is a niggle at any of the above, well, you know what to do first.
How do you keep yourself hydrated?