The body needs water for pretty much every process. After all, we can go a lot longer without food than water.
Keep in mind when reading the following list that you shouldn't assume you're fine because you drink the same amount of tea, coffee, or any other beverage. While they do contain water, they contain a lot of other stuff too.
Have you ever had a headache that hurt more intensely when you moved around? If so, that was a dehydration-induced headache. If this happens to you frequently, you're definitely not getting enough water. Next time you feel the pain coming on, drink a glass of water before reaching for the ibuprofen and see if that cures what ails you.
A healthy adult who is getting enough water should be urinating six or seven times a day. That number can vary but if you saw that number and thought it looked high, you're probably not drinking enough. Lack of water can be hard on the kidneys which filter the blood.
Urine is a good barometer of how hydrated you are. The darker the urine, the more water you should be drinking. Don't go and pound down four glasses of water if you happen to have dark urine, but slowly rehydrate yourself.
All that water is not only benefitting you on the inside. A healthy looking skin complexion requires adequate hydration. If you're only drinking a few cups of water a day, chances are you have dry, rough skin. Of course, there are 100's of reason for dry skin, it's worth drinking more water to find out if that's the cause.
Dehydration is the leading cause of dry mouth. A lack of saliva over time can have some serious health risks. You could develop lesions in the mouth and throat that could become at risk of infection
How many times had a meal and then you feel hungry again shortly after? Chances are you're dehydrated It's easy to confuse hunger and thirst. They're similar communications that the body sends to the brain. Next time you're feeling peckish after dinner, dry having a glass of water instead.
There are lots of reasons you might feel dizzy. A buildup of fluid in the inner ear could do it. But it certainly doesn't hurt to have a glass of water and see if the feeling subsides.
Symptoms of chronic dehydration
If you are chronically dehydrated, things get a lot more serious. Here are the most common ones:
- Urinary tract infection
- Premature aging
- High cholesterol
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