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Signs You Do Not Drink Enough Water
By Kim Logel

Water is a compound that is essential for life. Water hydrates your body and makes sure that your daily physical processes run smoothly. It is recommended that you drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day. This can be a difficult goal to reach. Your body will give you several warning signs to let you know when you are not drinking enough water.

Thirst. This may sound like common sense, but the first warning sign that you are not drinking enough water is thirst. Your body is starting to dehydrate when you feel thirsty. Your brain sends signals to your body, specifically your mouth, to let you know that you need to consume fluids. Symptoms of thirst include a dry mouth and even a dry throat. Thirst is a basic survival instinct that is instilled in all forms of life.

 

Dark Urine. You are not drinking enough water if your urine is dark yellow or gold. This means your urine is concentrated. Water keeps your urine pale or clear and allows your body to excrete wastes. Without adequate water supply, wastes build up in the body, specifically the kidneys. This may cause unwanted physical complications such as kidney stones or infection.

 

Headache. Although numerous factors can trigger a headache, inadequate water consumption is one of them. Just like almost every organ in your body, the brain needs water to function. When you get a small headache, drink some water before taking medication.

 

Fatigue. In extreme cases, you may feel fatigued because you do not drink enough water. Without water, the body is running overtime trying to compensate for the loss. This causes you to feel tired and achy.

 

Dizziness. You may become dizzy if you are not drinking enough water. Your lungs require water to function properly. If the outside of your lungs becomes dry, you may have difficulty breathing. This will reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain, thus causing a dizzy sensation.

 

Dehydration. You are dehydrated if you have sunken eyes, non-elastic skin, inability to produce tears and, in some cases, water retention in addition to the symptoms listed above. To avoid dehydration, drink water throughout the day, avoid caffeinated products, avoid excess alcohol consumption, drink water while exercising and eat foods that contain water, such as fruits and vegetables.



 

How much water should people drink per day? Most people live in a state of dehydration and don’t even know it, according to www.NaturoDoc.com. However, if people follow the general recommendation to consume eight to 10 glasses of water a day, they can stay properly hydrated. This water intake should be spread throughout the day so there isn’t the constant urge to head to the bathroom.

 

A healthy diet that consists of at least five servings of fruit/vegetables per day can assist with your daily water intake. Watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes and berries are loaded with water designed to hydrate your body.

 

Finally, if for no other reason, drink water to lose weight. People who don’t drink enough water gain excess body fat, have poor muscle tone and a decreased ability to digest food.

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