We all know that water is essential to our health and to living. Dr. Roberta Lee explains “60 percent of our bodies are composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine.”
Other than just from being thirsty, how can we tell if we need more?
Here are a few signs:
1) Dry Lips and Skin
These indicators that you may need more water seem pretty obvious at first, but when they happen it usually gets written off as being caused by the weather, temperature, or humidity. Our skin is our body’s largest organ and paying attention to it and how it responds is extremely important.
Blood pressure and blood volume can drop from not being hydrated enough. Your mental and physical abilities can be negatively impacted.
3) Reduced Urine
What goes in must go out, so watch for a reduced urine volume. Numerous medical professionals suggest to aim for drinking enough water so that urine is translucent and not a dark or bright color.
4) Digestive Issues
Water is needed to keep everything in the digestive system functioning. Constipation, acid reflux, and heartburn may arise if you’re not meeting your water needs.
5) Bad Breath
Saliva has some anti-bacterial properties and water helps in producing saliva. One cause of bad breath is having overgrowth in bacteria so drinking enough helps keep the bacteria and odors down.
6) Muscle and Joint Pain
Joints, ligaments, and muscles all contain a proportionally large amount of water. The less fluid they have, the less they are able to do what they’re supposed to. This can not only cause pain but it can also expose you to higher risk of injury.
7) Food Cravings
Sometimes our bodies will send signals to our brains that we are hungry when we really aren’t. How often have you eaten a meal and had a craving for something like a sugary or salty snack? Drink a glass of water and see if the feeling goes away or if you are truly ready to eat again.
Medical professionals says that even slight dehydration can trigger headaches ranging from relatively minor ones to severe migraines. Keeping a balanced fluid level can keep these crippling ailments away.
9) You’ve Just Been Sick
The flu, colds, and many other things that make us sick can take a toll on our bodies. Staying hydrated during your recovery is crucial but make sure to maintain appropriate drinking habits after you start feeling better.
These are some of the symptoms we can feel when we need to drink more water. As always, there could be other underlying causes so be sure to consult with your doctor if these persist or get worse over time.