Life on Earth, as we know it, would be impossible without water. This is an undisputed truth.
Theoretically, everyone has heard of the golden rule when it comes to drinking water – which is to drink eight glasses of water a day in to stay hydrated. But how many of us actively think about this or put it into daily practice?
When we do not drink enough water, our body and health begin to suffer both internally and externally. We will usually feel tired and irritated, uncomfortable, and this will start showing on our appearance as well.
Here are the signs that you shouldn’t ignore, which might mean that you need water:
Increased heart rate.
If our bodies don’t have enough water, the blood volume decreases, leading to an increased heart rate. Another impact of dehydration is a reduced arterial tension when we stand up after sitting.
Having headaches or feeling nauseous.
Headaches and migraines may be caused by a lower amount of body fluids than normal, but can be treated quickly with drinking water. You would be surprised how often you could cure a headache with just a glass of water.
Mild dehydration can affect the cognitive behavior of certain individuals. This can lead to dizziness, concentration problems and, in some cases, short term memory problems.
Urinating less, or noticing a change in the urine’s color.
If you do not go to the bathroom every few hours, you’re probably dehydrated. Healthy water supply requires regular urinating, between 4 to 7 times a day. Not urinating enough may cause problems as it might prevent the body from releasing toxins.
When it comes to the color of the urine, a light color indicates that the intake of fluids is sufficient, while dark urine shows that your body is dehydrated.
Having a dry mouth.
Not drinking enough water can lead to salivary glands not producing enough saliva, resulting in a dry or sticky mouth. This can also make it difficult to swallow.
Perhaps the most screaming sign that the body needs more water is an awful smelling breath. Every time you take a sip of water, you help wash the food remains, bacteria and other wastes in your mouth. Water also stimulates the production of saliva, which naturally has antibacterial properties and helps combat bacteria.
Dry skin and lips.
The skin needs plenty of water to stay in good condition. Low levels of water can lead to less sweating, which means that the body won’t be able to easily get rid of toxins. Unfortunately, this increases the chances of psoriasis, eczema and acne. Dehydration also manifests through having dry lips.
Feeling hungry all the time.
When you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water! When the body is dehydrated, it sends false signals to the brain that you are hungry when, in fact, you are just thirsty. As a consequence of dehydration, you may be hungry or crave salty foods. So instead of eating a bag of chips, drink lemon water.
The conclusion is clear: never ignore the signs that your body gives you! If you want to feel and look as good as possible, you MUST consume plenty of water! You would be amazed how big of a positive impact drinking enough water can have on your mood and general well being.