Water is arguably the single most important component in staying healthy. It plays vital roles in providing the body with essential nutrients and oxygen, plays a major role in digestion and excretion, and helps regulate the body’s temperature. By making sure that you are drinking enough water every day, you can be sure that your body is receiving the optimal level of hydration and that it can carry out its various processes effectively.
Unfortunately, many people don’t drink enough water each day to keep their bodies properly hydrated. According to the CDC, approximately 3% of all Americans struggle with mild to severe dehydration, while an additional 11% are at risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause a host of issues, from feelings of fatigue and dizziness all the way up to extreme cases, such as heat stroke.
The human body is surprisingly good at telling you when it needs something. If you begin to experience any of the following signs and symptoms, then chances are that you are not drinking enough water and could be at risk of dehydration.
Headache: According to healthline, Headaches can be a sign that you aren’t drinking enough water. Dehydration triggers the release of a hormone called “vasopressin”, which is responsible for triggering the release of headaches. If you’re experiencing a frequent or constant headache, it could be a sign that you need to drink more water.
Dry Skin: Dry skin is a common symptom of not drinking enough water. When the body does not have enough water to wet its external surfaces, it will draw moisture out of the skin in order to reduce the amount of water lost through the skin’s pores. This can make the skin dry, rough, and flaky.
Dark Urine: If your urine is dark in color and has a strong smell, then this is a clear indication that you are not drinking enough water. Dark urine with a strong smell is caused when toxins and waste products are not filtered out of the body quickly enough due to a lack of water.
Fatigue and Dizziness: Fatigue and dizziness are clear signs that you are not drinking enough water. When the body remains dehydrated, it is unable to access the necessary energy sources it needs to stay alert and energized. As such, it becomes prone to feelings of exhaustion and dizziness.
Constipation: Constipation can be caused by a lack of water, as the body needs adequate water to keep waste moving through the intestines at a normal rate. Without enough water, the intestines can become clogged with waste and cause constipation.
Sugar Cravings: When the body does not have enough water, it tries to compensate by seeking out other sources of water, such as sugary drinks and snacks. If you experience sudden cravings for sugary food and drinks, then it could be a sign that you need to drink more water.
Frequent Urination: This is the opposite of the issue mentioned above. Frequent urination can be caused by an excessive intake of water, as the body attempts to get rid of the excess liquid. If you find yourself frequently running to the washroom, even when you don’t feel particularly thirsty, then it could be a sign that you’re actually drinking too much.
Clammy Skin: Clammy skin is also a sign of dehydration. The body’s natural way of regulating its temperature is to release sweat when it becomes too hot. However, if the body is dehydrated and unable to produce sweat, then the skin can become wet and sticky. This is usually accompanied by a feeling of exhaustion and fatigue.
Muscle Cramps: As the muscles become dehydrated, they become prone to cramping and spasms. If you find yourself suddenly being stricken with a muscle cramp, then it could be a sign that you haven’t been drinking enough water.
If you’re experiencing any of these signs, then it could be a sign that your body is in need of more water. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and make sure to pay attention to your body’s signs and symptoms if you believe that you may not be drinking enough.
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