Signs You're Not Drinking Enough Water - Part 1!
We hear it all day, every day: most of us are not drinking enough water! Here is part one of our three part series about signs you're not drinking enough water!
We all know we need to drink water - and plenty of it - but for one reason or another, we often fail to make it a priority. And as a result, we will likely begin to notice changes in our own well-being.
The average adult body is made up of between 55-60 percent water, which why it's so important to replenish and refresh those vital stores! When we start to get dehydrated, our bodies (much like our vehicles) send out clear warning signs that we need to check our fluid levels. If that happens, it's important to do everything to get your hydration level back on track!
Signs You're Not Drinking Enough Water!
Dry skin that doesn't improve with lotion
It's normal for our skin to change with the seasons: in winter months, our skin can seem dull and lifeless. Dry skin lacks sebum (oil) and should respond to the application of oil-rich products. In these situations, applying copious amounts of moisturizer is often enough to improve the situation.
If, at any point in the year, your skin stays dry and chapped despite being slathered in healing lotions, you may want to grab a drink (or several!). When skin loses its luster due to dehydration, all it desperately needs is to be watered!
Dry, sticky mouth and excessive thirst
It feels a bit obvious to point out the fact that if you haven't been drinking enough water, your mouth and tongue may be extra dry and sticky - but some people may genuinely miss this sign!
Along the same lines, being excessively thirsty is actually a symptom that you've been dehydrated for a while. In both cases, grab a glass and start replenishing any lost fluids (especially since desert-like conditions in your mouth can cause a serious case of bad breath!).
It's worth mentioning that a dry mouth and increased thirst can be a sign of something more serious. If your symptoms haven't improved after a few days of focused rehydration, you should probably make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
You're dealing with a headache
Your head is throbbing and, with each passing minute, you can feel it getting worse. It makes it hard to concentrate on anything, and your patience begins to run thin. Fortunately, drinking more water could be enough to not only prevent these painful episodes, but also cure them.
According to the National Headache Foundation, headaches are actually a common sign that someone is experiencing mild to moderate dehydration. In fact, an inadequate intake of water can trigger a migraine! The NHF suggests drinking only water when experiencing headaches and avoiding sugary or overly salty sports beverages, which can only worsen dehydration.
Remember, if you feel thirsty, you're probably already mildly dehydrated. If your mouth feels parched, guzzle a cup or two to get back on track!
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