10 Common Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water

In most situations, a human being cannot live more than 6 days without water.

This is because water is absolutely essential in order to survive. Water makes up a total of 50 to 70 per cent of our total body weight, and our own brains are made up of 85 per cent water. When we go through a long period of not drinking any water, our bodies and organs start to shut down.

1. Your Mouth Is Dry

3. If your mouth is dry, it definitely means you’re dehydrated. When you’re dehydrated, the process your body takes to make saliva slows down significantly, resulting in a dry mouth. Keeping a bottle of water by your side and drinking it regularly can help reduce this unpleasant feeling.

2. You Experience Reduced Urination

Believe it or not, if you’re not taking a trip to the restroom 4-7 times a day, you’re probably not drinking enough water. And when you do go #1, it should be a light yellow or clear color. If it’s a darker yellow, your body is telling you it’s lacking proper hydration. In extreme cases, dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections, in which case you should consult a doctor right away.

3. Frequent Headaches

Do you get regular, dull headaches? Studies have shown that being dehydrated by even 1.36 per cent could cause headaches, so the next time you feel a headache coming on, down a glass of water and see if it helps.

4. Your Skin is Dry

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full-on dehydration, which can lead to much larger problems. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day.

If you want to stave off breakouts, your first recourse should be to drink more water.

5. Light-Headedness, Dizziness or Vertigo

Living in a constant state of dehydration can cause you to experience frequent dizzy spells and light-headedness due to lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. In severe cases, vertigo and nausea may result.

6. Stomach Pain or Ulcers

Water acts as a buffer between the acidic contents of your stomach and the stomach lining. Being in a state of constant dehydration leaves the inside of your stomach largely unprotected and the constant acid exposure can easily result in ulcers or frequent stomach aches.

7. You’re Overly Thirsty

We went over dry mouth already, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover can tell you that, upon waking up, your body just can’t get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water sends “YES PLEASE!” signals to the brain until your fluid levels get back to baseline.

Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it’s talking about!

8. You Stay Sick Longer

Drinking water allows your body to continuously flush out toxins. Your organs work to filter our certain waste products like a machine, but if you don’t fuel the machine with water, it cannot work properly. What ends up happening in a dehydrated body is organs start to pull water from stored areas like your blood, which leads to a whole new set of problems.

9. Constipation or Poor Digestion

In order to properly process the foods you eat, your intestines need a steady supply of water. Without adequate fluids, digestion can slow down causing constipation, gas and bloating, or even the passing of seemingly undigested food.

10. Your Muscle Mass Decreases

Your muscles, also, are comprised mostly of water. Obviously, less water in the body means less muscle mass. Drinking water before, during, and after a workout not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable, it also brings water to the right places in your body, and decreases the chance of developing inflammation and soreness related to exercise and weightlifting.

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