I am repeatedly reminded to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
In fact, it’s recommended that people drink 8 ounces of water a day. Is this possible? Yes. Do we really do that? Probably not.
Why is it so difficult to drink a refreshing glass of water? After all, it is essential to our survival. I hate to say it, but for most people, it’s probably easier to run a marathon, work 50 hours a week, or skydive, and then drink your daily water. I hope this is not the case for you.
Here are 10 of the most common signs that you may not be drinking enough water throughout the day.
The pain in your head is your brain telling you, “I need water.” Dehydration reduces blood flow and oxygen to your brain, causing inflammation. If you have a headache and feel uncomfortable, try drinking water first. This may be an easier solution than taking medicine or going to the doctor.
Muscle cramps and joint pain
Water plays an integral role in your muscles and joints. It is important to remember that the less water in the body, the less muscle mass, which can cause inflammation and pain. Like your muscles, your joints need water to absorb the shock of sudden movement, like tripping.
Weight gain is the least common side effect of dehydration. If you don’t drink enough water, it will be easier to lose weight. Why? When you’re dehydrated, your metabolism slows down, preventing you from burning fat.
Lack of energy
Are you tired? Fatigue? Or shut down? These may be signs that your body is craving water. When your body is dehydrated, it stores energy and reduces circulation throughout the body, reducing energy and productivity.
A little confused
Drink plenty of water to avoid confusion, delirium, and dizziness. If your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to recharge, it will squirm and move. The goal is to avoid accidents in the afternoon at work or school, especially if it’s midday.
Dry eyes, mouth and skin
Your body depends heavily on water to stay hydrated. Throughout the day, your body is losing much-needed fluids and electrolytes to stay active. Without water, your skin is dehydrated; the ability to produce tears and saliva in the mouth decreases.
Love of salty food
Stay away from the bag of chips. The salt cravings you feel are your body telling you that you need “good sodium” to keep your electrolytes in check. These mineral salts help your body retain the water it needs to function. When you’re dehydrated, your body immediately craves salty snacks and sugary drinks that have no nutritional value. Drink a glass of water or try a fresh walnut salad that’s rich in fiber and delicious.