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The tell tale signs that you are not getting enough water

Are you drinking enough water?

Written be Claire Kenny 05/09/2018

Did you know that on average, the adult human body is made up of around 65% water. To put that in perspective, the average amount of blood in the adult human body is only about 7% of their body weight. Everyday activities, not to mention strenuous exertion, can quickly deplete the body’s water storage through sweat and urination and lead to signs and symptoms of dehydration if enough water isn’t consumed and replaced.

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?

Water requirements vary by age, activity, weight, and lifestyle, but a good rule of thumb to follow is eight full eight-ounce glasses per day. To stave off dehydration, some less active, smaller people may require a little less. Meanwhile, more active people may require more.

Dehydration affects the body on a widespread level, and, unattended, it can even lead to death. One of the best ways to know how much water you should drink each day is by simply following the signals  your body gives off as it enters dehydration.

 

Signs That Your Body Isn’t Getting Enough Water:

Headache

Our brains are around 80% water. So, dehydration affects the brain hard and fast. The lack of water supply  causes a restricted flow of oxygenated blood to the brain, which can cause swelling and opening of the blood vessels. It also causes the brain to shrink and draw away from the skull, which triggers pain receptors, which can either bring on a headache or increase the severity of an existing headache.

loss of concentration and low moods

As your body is primarily made up of water,  and our brains are almost 80% water, your body relies on water to help oxygenated blood to flow to your brain, without this water consumption your brain can start to look like a dried out sponge which can result in symptoms of confusion, disorientation, dizziness, moodiness, irritability, and general lack of mental acuity. As you increase your water intake, you’ll see your focus, mood, and concentration begin to improve.  So in short to help with your concentration at work or study, to stop you from shouting at everyone around you and to help aid your memory recall, you guessed it, DRINK MORE WATER.

Dry skin, mouth and eyes

If you have ever wondered why your skin is looking a little lifeless, your constantly reaching for your lip balm or your eyes are always itchy, your lips, nose, mouth, airway, and eyes are lined with mucus membranes that secrete mucus to protect and moisturize. Without enough water, mucus membranes dry out and can cause dried mouth, lips, eyes, skin, and airway.   Did you know that another sign of dehydration can be bad breath.  So if you want your skin to glow like a 14 year old again just increase your water consumption.

Persistently Feeling Hungry And Thirsty

If I forget to have my daily water consumption my stomach will start to growl, which actually is the hypothalamus sending a signal to your stomach to ask for substance, this is so commonly mistaken for feeling hungry, so if you have just eaten your main meal and this is happening, please don’t reach for the packet of biscuits, why not reach for a glass of water and you will be amazed at how much better you will feel.  Your metabolisim actually slows down when you don’t drink enough water which can become part of the reason behind weight gain. Your metabolism needs water to burn off fat.  So before you reach for the fad diet teas and pills, why not just increase your water consumption and you could shed those extra pounds.

Dark and smelly urine

Normal urine is a pale straw yellow color and pretty odorless. When you are showing signs of dehydration your urine can be dark amber and has a very strong musky odor.  The reason behind this is that there are more toxins and waste than liquid(water) to dilute it.  You can actually go to the toilet less when dehydrated as your body will strive to keep as much water in it’s system for survival.  So the next time you go to the loo, just have a little peek before you flush and remember straw in good and dark amber is bad.

Frequent UTI’s

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are most often caused by bacteria in the urinary tract. Proper hydration helps move that bacteria on out of the body. Dehydration, however, allows the bacteria to stick around and create urinary tract and bladder infections.

Tiredness

Yes the kids have just gone back to school and you now possibly have a little more time on your hands, so why are still feeling so tired?  Without the proper water consumption our body goes into what is know as survival mode.  This is were the body will try and reserve as much energy as possible for the vital functions of life, heart, lungs and kidneys; everything else becomes second fiddle, so your larger muscle groups and brain are not getting enough of the much needed oxygenated blood, which can make even the smallest of tasks feel like a marathon.  With proper water intake your energy levels will increase and you feel less like a zombie and more like you again.

Muscle Spasms And Cramping

As stated above as your large muscle groups are not getting the beautiful rich oxygenated blood to keep them all supple and relaxed, the weakened muscles can cramp and spasm as a result,this can include bad period cramps and spasms.  When you increase your water intake this should help those cramps ease if dehydration is the cause.

As you can see, dehydration takes a huge toll on everything from your skin to your muscles. Listen to the cues your body is sending you so that you can drink enough water and avoid dehydration.

 

Please note that if you have persistent symptoms that are concerning you, please don’t hesitate to contact your GP to rule everything else out.

 

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