Since childhood we’ve been told to drink enough water. But most times this advice falls on deaf ears. Most people walk around dehydrated, and this causes serious damage to their health.
It’s recommended you drink 2-3 liters of water a day. Note that the amount of water you need will vary depending on your level of activity and the humidity of where you stay. Highly active people or those who stay in high humid places should drink more water.
If you experience any of the signs below, you definitely need to increase your water intake.
1. You have dry skin
Well, 65 percent of our bodies is water, so our water intake affects every organ in the body, especially the biggest organ – the skin. Dry skin makes it hard for you to sweat, and as you know, sweating is one of the ways to detoxify the body. Drinking more water will definitely improve your skin health.
2. You have dry eyes
Research shows that not drinking enough water affects eye health. For one thing, it dries the tear ducts causing the eyes to be dry and bloodshot. Dehydration can actually weaken your eyes if it happens for a long time.
3. Your mouth is dry
You’ve probably noticed that the mouth is when doing heavy work or playing sports. Well, this happens because you’re dehydrated. Don’t drink soda or other sugary beverages if your mouth is dry, just drink water.
4. You feel fatigued most of the time
While fatigued may be caused by other issues like stress, low calorie intake, and hormonal imbalances, dehydration is also a major contributing factor. The explanation for this is that lack of water in the blood leads to low levels of oxygen in the body. And lack of oxygen is known to cause weakness and fatigue.
5. Your muscles recover slowly
Faster recovery of muscles enables faster growth of muscles. But dehydration can hinder this because it increases soreness and inflammation. It’s advisable to drink enough water before, during, and after workout.
6. You’re always hungry
Most people confuse thirst for hunger. And this is one of the reasons why dieters overeat. So don’t assume you have to eat every time you feel hungry. First drink a glass of water to know it it’s real hunger or just thirst.
7. Frequent constipation
It’s okay to experience constipation once in a while, but it shouldn’t happen every day. Being dehydrated interferes with the digestive process which consequently leads to constipation.
8. You’re thirsty
It wouldn’t be right to leave out the most obvious sign of dehydration. Most people don’t realize that being thirsty means you’re mildly dehydrated. So don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, take a few sips after every few hours or minutes.
9. You don’t urinate frequently
If you’re not going to the bathroom after every 3-4 hours, you’re not drinking enough water. And if the color of your urine is yellow, it means you’re dehydrated. Your urine should be clear or light yellow.
10. You’re aging fast
The ability of the body to old a lot of water decreases as we grow older. So this means we should drink more water as we age. Not drinking enough will not only make you look old but it’ll also weaken your organs.
If you experience any of the signs above, start drinking more water. Carrying a bottle of water with you go will greatly help increase your water intake.