5 signs you're not drinking enough water

Ehe? So, are you well hydrated?

Man drinking water (Courtesy)

Taking water is necessary as it allows your body to function properly.

Not only does it allow the transportation of nutrients throughout your body but also assists in the digestion process, not to mention it helps assist in weight loss by flushing out toxins and in general, helps your body stay hydrated which in turn, is good for the overall health of the body. That’s why you need to drink enough water every day, for the proper functioning of your body although, drinking too much water is also wrong. When you drink water to a point where your urine is colorless, it’s time to give the water a break. But, to get back to the point of the article, how do you know that you are not drinking enough water and you need to hydrate ASAP? Here are signs:

1. You don’t urinate often.

A healthy person urinates 6-7 times a day on average. If you notice that you are urinating less than 2-3 times a day, chances are, you’re not drinking enough water.

2. Dry wrinkly skin.

If you have dry skin, that means that you are dehydrated and your skin lacks water. Dry skin can be itchy and flaky and that can be quite uncomfortable. To know if your dehydrated, try and pinch your skin for a second, like the back of your palm and if it doesn’t go back to it’s form immediately, then that means you’re very dehydrated and need to take water.

3. Headaches.

You probably already know that dehydration causes headaches. In fact, whenever you get a headache in the office, before you even take a painkiller, take 2-3 glasses of water and wait to see if you will feel better, failure to which you can go ahead and take the painkiller.

4. Dry mouth.

Lack of saliva results in having a dry mouth which is often caused by lack of water in your body. A dry mouth can lead to difficulties in chewing and swallowing food and even cause bad breath.

5. Dark urine.

The color of your urine should not be completely clear as that means you’re over hydrated but at the same time, it should not be dark or too yellow as that means you’re dehydrated. If you notice that you’re passing very dark urine, it’s time to take water.


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