A tall, cold glass of water is one of the most refreshing drinks, much more satisfying than coffee or a can of soda. Although we all know this, many of us are not consistent in drinking enough water on a daily basis. Continuously depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are damaging our bodies. The following symptoms are indicators that our body needs water, and if you experience any of them, improve your situation by starting with a glass of H2O.
This indicator is pretty obvious, but the consequences might not be so. Many people, when they feel that sticky, nasty feeling in their mouths, often reach for some sort of liquid which is a sugary one. However, these kinds of drink are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Water is a much better option since it lubricates the mucus membranes in the mouth and throat, which will continue to keep the mouth moist with saliva long after the first sip.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and, naturally, it needs to stay hydrated. As a matter of fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of dehydration, which is known to lead to much larger problems. When the body lacks water it stops sweating which prevents it to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to avoid breakouts, your first recourse should be to drink more water.
Thirst is more than the dry mouth we talked about before. You may have felt excessive thirst if you’ve ever had a hangover and realized that your body can’t get enough water after you wake up. Alcohol dehydrates the whole body, which then sends signals to the brain that you need water. Drink water until your fluid levels get back to baseline. Always listen to your body – it knows what it’s talking about!
By now we’ve all realized that drinking water affects more than just the mouth and throat. A lack of water intake will give you dry, bloodshot eyes (similar to those after a night filled with alcohol). Without water in the body, the tear ducts dry up. This could cause much more harm to your eyes, especially if you wear contacts on a daily basis.
Water is the main component of our cartilage and spinal discs – up to 80%. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to keep our bones from grinding against each other when we walk. When we keep our body hydrated, our joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements, like running, jumping, or falling.
Decreased Muscle Mass
Our muscles are mostly comprised of water. Therefore, less water in the body means less muscle mass. You should drink water before, during, and after a workout to keep yourself hydrated and comfortable, and to also bring water to the right places in your body, and decrease the chance of developing inflammation and soreness which is often related to exercise and weightlifting.
You Stay Sick Longer
Drinking water allows the body to flush out toxins. Our organs filter certain waste products like a machine, but if we don’t hydrate our bodies with water, they won’t be able to work properly. When we end up with a dehydrated body, our organs start to pull water from stored areas like our blood, which leads to a whole new set of problems.
Feeling Fatigued and Lethargic
As we mentioned above, a dehydrated body “borrows” water from our blood. When our blood is not properly hydrated, a lack of oxygen occurs throughout the body. And a lack of oxygen leads to sleepiness and fatigue. A lack of stamina will make us want to sleep earlier and earlier in the day. And coffee won’t help us in the long run.
When the body is dehydrated, it starts thinking that it needs food. This will happen throughout the day, and during the night, when we start thinking of having that midnight snack. But, eating food will create more work for the body, while drinking water will purify the organs and supply the body with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes a body goes through.
As we’ve mentioned above, water hydrates the mucus in our mouth and throat, and allows the membrane to function correctly. This also applies to the entire digestive system. When we are not properly hydrated, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, allowing stomach acid to do some major damage to our insides. This will lead to the conditions we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion.
Staying hydrated will help to lubricate the digestive system. During the process of dehydration, the colon uses up the water that would otherwise have been used by the intestines in the next step of the digestive process. There is no need to mention what a lack of lubricant in the intestines leads to.
If you are not visiting the restroom 4 – 7 times a day, then you’re probably not drinking enough water. And the desirable color of the urine is light yellow or clear. If the color is darker yellow, that means that the body is not properly hydrated. In some cases, dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections, and if this happens to you, consult a doctor right away.
It is a natural process for the amount of water that our bodies retain to decrease as we age. This obviously means that we should increase our water intake as we get older. Even though premature aging might be more evident on the outside, the damage it does to our insides will be felt over time. To decrease the risk of premature aging, it is important to continue to drink water throughout your lifetime.
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I make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water every day. I try not to forget to always have a full bottle of water near me. If you clicked on this article, then there’s a chance that you are worried about your water consumption – perhaps you don’t think that you drink it enough. If that’s the case, pour a glass right now. And try to drink a glass of water every hour – this will keep you properly hydrated.