10 Signs That You Need to Drink More Water Immediately

The human body is primarily composed of water and we need to consume a certain amount in order to keep it running smoothtly. Your brain is made up of 76% water.  

The kidneys and muscles are composed of about 73% water. Our blood is composed of 83% water and lungs are 90% water. Water is lost when we breathe and throughout the day when we urinate and perspire so frquent top-ups of H2O is crucial. 

On average, males need to consume 3 liters (12 cups) per day and females need to consume 2.2 liters (9 cups) per day for optimal hydration. 

Failing to consume the recommended amount can lead to mild dehydration and can show itself in multiple symptoms.  

10 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

1. Your Urine is  Dark, Yellow and Smelly

This is a clear indicator and the first sign that you're not drinking enough.  Urine should  normally be a light yellow-amber colour.  If you don't drink enough water, the kidneys excrete a “higher concentration of waste products in the urine, including dead blood cells, toxins, proteins and other products that need to be removed from the body”, resulting in darker urine.  

Your urine can be dark after consuming certain medications, B-Vitamins, beets, blackberries, asparagus or food colouring.  If there is a temporary change in your urine colour, first consider if you’ve injested something that would alter the colour of your urine.  Next, increase your water intake and observe if your urine colour becomes lighter.  If your urine stays dark for an extended period of time, it may be a sign of more serious underlying health concerns such as hepatitis or gallstones.  

2. 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. 


3. Your skin is dry and wrinkles are more defined

A lot of people rely on over-priced 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 irritated, inflamed, itching and sensitive skin.   Skincan flake and scale or become severely red with cracks and bleeds in severe cases. When your skin loses moisture, the cells shrivel, causing wrinkles to appear making the skin look older.  One of the best ways to revitalize your skin is to nourish it with plenty of water, inside and out.  

4. Constipation

Constipation is commonly caused by dehydration and can often be resolved by increasing water intake.  When your body is not fully hydrated, it will absorb water from wherever it can, including your colon.  A sufficient amount of water in the large intestine is crucial 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.

5. Hunger and Weight Gain

The body can sometimes find it difficult to differentiate between hunger and thirst.  The hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for regulating hunger and thirst, can sometimes get confused, leading to the feeling of hunger in response to thirst.  Reaching for a snack instead of a glass of water leads to excess caloric intake and weight gain. 

When you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, always consume adequate amounts of water.  When you feel hungry, how about grabbing a glass of water before going for a snack and wait 10-15 minutes to see if the hunger has passed or if it’s still there.  If you  still feel hungry then it is true hunger and time for you to get your munchies!  


6. 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.  

7. Fatigue

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.  

8. Headaches

When you don’t consume enough water, your body will attempt to preserve and reabsorb water from all of your tissues to compensate for the lack of fluid intake.  Subsequently, your brain tissue loses some of its moisture and shrinks, pulling away from the skull.  Pain receptors are triggered that can result in headaches.  

Your blood volume drops, reducing the amount of oxygen being carried to the brain.  Blood vessels in the brain dilate in response leading to swelling and inflammation, intensifying the headache.

9. Joint Pain

Water lubricates the joints, and allows bones to slide over each other as the joint moves.  If the body doesn’t receive enough water, the there is a nutrient deficiency in the joint and can lead 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.  

10. 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.

You Could Be Just Thirsty, Not Sick

Many people are under the impression that all liquids provide hydration...

The truth is, not all fluids are hydrating! There are some beverages, such as coffee, soda and juice can actually dehydrate the body because of their caffeine and sugar content (13).

According to Dr. Batmanghelidi, a Medical Doctor and expert in the healing powers of water, many ailments classified as “diseases” positively respond to increased water intake.  Based on his research, diabetes, elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, cardiovascular disease, asthma and joint pain, can all be cured by simply increasing your water consumption. 

If you want to feel great, get fit and optimize your health, remember that small changes make big differences.  Become mindful of your water intake and ensure you are consuming adequate amounts.

 If you’re having a hard time getting all the right amount of water into your sysytem, keep a water bottle with you at all times and consider setting an alarm every hour as a reminder to drink! 

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