Dehydration is a serious condition with a simple solution. Lucky for us, our bodies send us signs that inform us when the water content in our system is low.
Breathing, eating, drinking and sleeping are probably the easiest things to do. Your body literally alerts you when it requires each of them. However, such is our lifestyle now that we need to set reminders on our calendars to drink water. Part of the problem is that every time we get thirsty we seem to be drinking anything but water.
Carbonated drinks, cocktails, mocktails, coffee, tea, and countless other drinks have successfully substituted water from our daily diet. And though some might argue that they contain water in them, who are we kidding? They do more harm than good and can, in fact, leave you extremely dehydrated. Watch out for these 8 signs your body gives you when you aren't drinking enough water:
Considering how mouths are wet in their natural condition if your mouth and throat feel abnormally dry, you need to grab a glass of water. While this is the primary sign of thirst and a pretty obvious one at that, it may seem redundant to include this point here. However, most of us misunderstand this seemingly-obvious call for water by pouring other liquids down our throat. Though it is natural to crave a sugary drink every now and then, making it a substitute for water is an ineffective solution. The body requires unadulterated water to keep the bodily fluid membranes in your mouth and throat fully functional.
Lack of hydration becomes pretty evident by how soft your skin is. Being the body's biggest organ, it is important to pay special attention to the skin. Dry skin is a symptom of a number of diseases, which is why keeping yourself well hydrated should be a priority so as to avoid confusing a severe medical condition with simple dehydration. A dehydrated dry skin indicates a lack of perspiration as well, hindering the body's ability to wash off the dirt and oil gathered throughout the day.
A pretty accurate indicator of how hydrated you are is the color of your urine. Ideally, the urine should run almost clear signifying a well-hydrated body. However, if your urine has a darker yellowish tinge to it, it denotes that your pee is over-concentrated with waste. The more hydrated you are, the more content of water in your urine, saturating the yellow shade of waste, as well as flushing it all out of your system more effectively.
It is pretty common to confuse thirst with hunger. In fact, half the time we feel hungry, it could just be our body alerting us that it is dehydrated. And with extreme dehydration, these hunger pangs also increase. Such hunger persists throughout the day and may even wake you up at night which is often satiated with a midnight snack. So the next time you feel hungry despite having had a meal recently, drink some water and wait for a bit. Chances are your body will thank you for the much-needed hydration.
The consistency of the blood plasma is dependent on our water intake. With inadequate water consumption, the blood becomes thicker, which in turn affects the blood flow and subsequently, the pulse rate. Dehydration also messes with the body's electrolytes, further bringing down circulatory strain which shows itself in the form of an abnormal heartbeat. The irregular heartbeat contributes to feelings of uneasiness and frenzy, leaving you constantly anxious.
Water is an important factor when it comes to keeping our joints working effortlessly. It constitutes about 80% of our ligament and spinal disks, which is what keeps our bones from scraping against each other with every movement. Hence a well-hydrated body ensures that our joints retain a pain-free fluidic motion. Studies also reveal that dehydration causes muscle spasms as well. Therefore, if you experience inexplicable body ache, make it a point to drink more water on a daily basis.
Water is important to ensure smooth flushing out of nutrient waste from your body. In its absence, it can cause indigestion and acid reflux, indicating your body is unable to process waste efficiently. Without enough water in your digestive stream, your body will not be able to move such waste proficiently, causing issues such as constipation. An irregular bowel movement always calls for more fluid intake.
Headaches are your body's way of telling you that you lack water in your system. Dehydration causes chemical reactions in your bloodstream, which in turn affects your mind. This causes cerebral pain that manifests itself in the form of persistent headaches. Dehydration could explain your inexplicable headaches that don't seem to fade away. In such cases, rather than reaching for medicines, opt for a bottle of water.Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.