Signs Your Not Drinking Enough Water
Drinking pure water every day is a key component of optimal health. Your body is comprised of about 65 percent water. The human body can only exist for 5-7 days without water, thus dehydration must be taken seriously. Once your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty. Using thirst as a guide to how much water you need to drink is one obvious way to ensure your individual needs are met, day-by-day.
However, by the time your thirst mechanism actually kicks in, you’re already in the early stages of dehydration, so you don’t want to ignore the initial sensations of thirst. So what can we do to keep healthy and hydrated? Well, the good news is that these conditions may be alleviated or cured simply by drinking more water. However, don’t overdo your water intake, which can also be dangerous. Rehydration needs to occur over time, not by overloading your system. The essential thing to remember is “little and often.” A small glass every hour throughout the day is far more beneficial enabling you to utilize the fluid appropriately instead of rejecting it through overload.
Signals indicating you need to drink more water
- Fatigue and/or dizziness
- Mood swings
- Foggy thinking and poor concentration
- Muscle cramps
- Back or joint ache
- Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles
- Infrequent urination; dark, concentrated urine
- Bad breath
- Sugar cravings