The human body is primarily composed of water and we need to consume a certain amount in order to keep it running smoothly.
Your brain is made up of 76% water, your blood is composed of 83% water, and your lungs are 90% water. We lose water when we breathe and daily through urine and sweat so replenishment is essential.
Some studies have found that one average person should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, but most people often drink 2 glasses every day. Failing to consume the recommended amount can lead to mild dehydration and can show itself in multiple symptoms.
These are the 10 signs that you need to drink more water immediately:
Your urine is dark yellow
The very first symptom which will show you that you don’t drink enough water is dark urine. For a healthy body, the urine is light yellow. If we don’t drink enough water, the kidneys will excrete waste products into the urine, such as toxins, or dead blood cells. That is the reason why the urine is dark.
Urine can change its color by using blackberries, some drugs, or B vitamins, so don’t be afraid in the moment when you see that your urine color was changed. If you drink enough water, and the urine is dark yet, then you might have some other health problems like gallstones or hepatitis, so go and visit a doctor.
Your urine output is reduced
Most people urinate between 6-7 times within a 24-hour period. When you don’t drink enough water, there is less fluid available to replace the fluids being excreted from the body. The kidneys attempt to retain as much fluid as possible to prevent dehydration. If you urinate less than 6 times a day, consider your water intake and increase if necessary.
Your skin is dry and wrinkles are more defined
A lot of people rely on overpriced moisturizers to keep their body soft and smooth. Some even pay high prices for cosmetic procedures to reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Before you spend your money, increase the amount of water you intake.
According to Dr. Diana Howard, dehydration can lead to an irritated, inflamed, itching and sensitive skin. In severe cases, skin can flake and scale or become severely red with cracks and bleeds. Simultaneously, when your skin loses moisture, the cells shrivel, causing wrinkles to appear more defined and making the skin look older. The best way to revitalize your skin is to nourish it with water.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation, and constipation can often be resolved by increasing water intake. If you are not fully hydrated, your body will try to absorb water from wherever it can, including your colon. A sufficient amount of water in the large intestine is essential for soft, easy-to-pass stools. Naturally, a lack of water will lead to harder stools that are difficult to pass.
Ensure you are consuming adequate amounts of water and increasing the amount of fiber found in fruit and vegetables. Constipation can also be a by-product of physical inactivity, hypothyroidism, food sensitivities and stress related conditions. If you are drinking the right amount of water, consider other causes of constipation.
Hunger and weight gain
We all know that the human body is an excellent, powerful machine, but there is one mistake – the human body don’t know how to differentiate a hunger and thirst.
Both hunger and thirst are controlled by the hypothalamus, but it is often confused so you don’t know whether you are hungry or thirsty. So, if you are thirsty, and you think that you are hungry, you eat some foods, and by that, you gain more weight. For that reason, if you feel hungry, first go and drink water. If you still feel hunger after 15 minutes, then you are hungry, and should you eat.
Thirst and dry mouth
Feelings of thirst and a dry mouth is a sign that you are already slightly dehydrated. A dry mouth often occurs with thirst and signifies that the mucus membranes in the body need hydration. The only way to resolve thirst and a dry mouth is to drink water throughout the day.
Water acts as a lubricant to the joints, allowing two bones to slide over each other as the joint moves. When the body doesn’t receive enough water, the joint becomes nutrient deficient leading to damage of the cartilage cells.
If you are chronically dehydrated, your cells will eventually reach a tipping point and the cartilage will degenerate beyond repair. If you suffer from joint pain, be mindful of your water intake and increase if necessary.
According to a 2011 study, mild dehydration can cause fatigue, tiredness, and low energy. When you’re dehydrated and the blood volume decrease, the heart has to work harder to push oxygen and nutrients through the body. Next time you start to feeling tired, skip the coffee (which is dehydrating!) and drink a glass of water instead. Coffee, tea, soda and sports drinks are not substitutes for water.
Some of the possible signs that your body may lack water are headaches. A drop in your body’s hydration level leads to decreased amount of fluid surrounding your brain, which ensures that your brain is not damaged every time you move.
If the fluid in this sack is reduced, your brain can begin to push against your skull. This triggers migraines as well as headaches. Furthermore, dehydration reduces the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain.
Weak immune system
Dehydration increases the concentration of toxins in the blood, which can weaken the immune system. Optimal hydration is essential in assisting in the elimination of any illness byproducts and helps the immune system ward off infection.