We all need water to survive. Without water, no one can live. Water also helps you keeps the inner workings of your body in top shape. However, you should know that water keeps you hydrated only in its pure form.
Here in this article, we will show you some signs that your body sends you when you are not consuming enough water.
FREQUENCY OF URINATION
A healthy person urinates approximately 6 to 7 times a day. This number is different for every person because not everyone drinks the same amount of water.
For those who urinate less than 2-3 times a day or have not urinated in several hours, you need to start consuming more water. This way your body tells you that you are not consuming enough water. By not consuming enough water, you may cause many difficulties for your kidneys. This means that your kidneys will not be able to filter out all the impurities from your body.
Therefore if you want your body to function properly, you need to drink the right amount of water per day.
In order to be shiny and smooth, your skin needs water. And to stay healthy your skin must be hydrated all the time. This way your skin will not be dry and will be soft to touch.
If you have dry skin that means that you are dehydrated and your skin lacks water. Another sign that your body lacks water is when your skin is dry even after applying lotions or balms on it in order to keep it wet. Therefore if you want your body to stay hydrated you need to drink few glasses of water every hour. This way your skin will be healthy and amazingly soft and smooth.
Maybe you did not know this but many headaches occur due to dehydration. A headache due to dehydration is slightly different from normal headaches. You can differentiate it from a normal headache because this type of a headache gets worse with any movement.
This means that when you try to bend down to pick up something, move fast or move up and down the stairs, the pain gets worst. If you are suffering from this type of a headache, it means that your body lacks water. Usually, this type of a headache occurs when you have not drunk enough fluids or you have sweated a lot.
Therefore when you feel this type of a headache you need to drink some fluids immediately. However, you should remember to take the fluids slowly and easy.
The decrease of the saliva build up in the mouth causes you to have dry mouth. If you are constantly having dry mouth, your throat and mouth can be permanently damaged.
Dry mouth is often caused by the lack of water in your body. However, high intake of medicines may also cause less production of saliva in your mouth. That is why if you are constantly having dry mouth, you should always carry a bottle of water with you.
COLOR OF THE URINE
The change in the color of your urine can be a major sign of dehydration. The color of your urine will be clear if you are well hydrated. However, if you are dehydrated, the color of your urine will change significantly.
You need to immediately start consuming larger amounts of water if the color of your urine keeps getting darker. See the picture below. You can notice that there are different colors of urine and every one of them indicates how well you are hydrated. As you can see if your urine is brown, that means that you are dehydrated.
However, you should not drink larger amounts of water in a small period of time because you will get sick. You need to drink the water slowly in order for your body to gradually replenish the water in the required organs.
Have you ever felt hungry even though you have just eaten? You have probably thought that your body is simply craving for snacks. But that is not the case. When this situation happens to you, you should know that your body is dehydrated.
You are feeling hunger because often your body can mistake the thirst for hunger. Therefore next time you feel hungry after you have just eaten, try drinking water instead of eating snacks. The water will satisfy your hunger because it was not hunger, after all, it was your body asking for water.
Sometimes when you feel lightness in your head, you do not need to panic, because this probably means that your body loses too many fluids and it lacks water. Despite the dehydration, you should know that the fluid build-up in your inner ear can cause the dizziness.
That is why when you feel dizzy all you have to do is drink a glass of water. You should also know that this condition is very common among athletes who stay in the sun for long.
SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC DEHYDRATION
You should also know that there are some symptoms that indicate a chronic dehydration. It is also very important for you to know that any of these symptoms are often overlooked for the more visible and far more experienced form of dehydration.
THESE SYMPTOMS ARE:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Premature aging
- Confusion/ Anxiety
- High Cholesterol
- Constipation or heartburn