5 Signs You're Not Drinking Enough Water

Saturday, February 6 2016 8:00 AM
By Olivia Wood
5 Signs You're Not Drinking Enough Water

5 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

 

It’s easier to become dehydrated than you think. Here’s a short list of some of the ways your body can revolt if you are not drinking enough water each day.


 1. You feel fatigued and moody

Do you get enough sleep and still wonder why you’re tired during the day? Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. Headache may accompany your exhaustion, as well as a moody and cranky disposition. H20 boosts energy levels and enhances clear thinking and productivity. Water carries vital nutrients to every cell in your body. When water intake is low, we become depleted and our performance suffers as a result. Water is energizing!


 2. You feel hungry when you probably shouldn't

If you eat a normal, healthy diet but often feel hungry despite your good eating habits, you may actually just be thirsty. Water is filling. When you drink enough water throughout the day, your appetite will be properly regulated. Drinking enough water will also help prevent fluid retention. Your body won’t fight to retain fluid if it’s properly hydrated.


 3. Your back or joints ache

Your joints need moisture to stay lubricated and move pain-free. Water is the main lubricant in the joints, and it cushions the discs in your spine. Without proper hydration, acid waste, such as uric acid, can accumulate in the joints and cause inflammation and pain. Keep cartilage supple and flexible by drinking plenty of water.


 4. Your skin looks dull and fine lines are pronounced

The skin is the largest organ in your body, and your water consumption habits have visible effects on the clarity and condition of your complexion. Challenge yourself to drink more water and see if your skin doesn’t look more plump and glowing. Bonus: water is also the main lubricant for eyes, so increasing your water intake promotes bright, sparkling eyes.


 5. Your visits to the bathroom are infrequent or difficult

Water is the most detoxifying resource we can offer our bodies. When you’re getting enough water, you’ll urinate freely and often, and urine will be light in color. When you’re not getting enough water, your kidneys will trap extra fluid to ensure you have enough for bodily functions, and urine will appear concentrated as a result. Improper water intake can also lead to constipation. The colon pulls too much water from stool when you’re not adequately hydrated, making it difficult for your bowels to function normally.


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