Shocking Signs That You’re Not Drinking Enough Water
By Lindsay Sibson
Drink water. Drink more water. And then drink water again.
There isn’t a lack of information out there in the magical informational universe (the internet). From reasons why you should drink water to how to make fancy shmancy flavored water… you literally have infinite information as to all things WATER.
Yet, reports indicate that about 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
In the era of energy drinks, sodas and mocha cocoa frappuccino blasts (you know… those fancy coffee drinks that cost $5), you can see how tempting it is to throw back everything else BUT water. Those sugary sweet, chocolatey, bubbly concoctions may taste like a dream… however, they do nothing in regards to hydrating your body and keeping you functioning at your best.
Water is #1 when it comes to hydration. Plain and simple. Water is essential in maintaining the healthy balance of your body fluids. These body fluids are used in your digestion, creation of saliva, circulation and the transportation and absorption of nutrients.
Are you unsure if you are getting enough H2O?
Here are 9 warning signs that you ARE NOT drinking enough water:
1. Feeling Thirsty? – If you have a dry mouth and feel thirsty, your body is already well on its way to being dehydrated. Grab a glass of water and chug!
2. Dry Skin – It is one of the earliest signs of full on dehydration. Your skin is your largest organ and needs water to keep a healthy appearance and to be able to produce sweat to cleanse your skin.
3. Digestive Problems – A lack of hydration causes the mucus in your stomach to weaken, allowing your stomach acid to wreak havoc and cause heartburn and indigestion.
4. Constipation – Staying hydrated lubricates your intestines. A lack of water (which leads to a lack of lubricationin your system) will make it difficult to go “number 2.”
5. Dry Eyes – When you do not have proper hydration in your body, your tear ducts dry up – causing dry and bloodshot eyes.
6. Reduced Urination – If you are not peeing 4-7 times per day, chances are you aren’t drinking enough water. Your pee should be a light yellow color.
7. Premature Aging – As you age, the amount of water your body retains decreases. Therefore, the older you get the more important it is to consume more water to keep your body in tip top shape!
8. Hunger Pangs – Feeling hungry? You may just be dehydrated! Eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water helps purify your organs and keeps your system working smoothly.
9. Joint Pain – Our joints absorb the shock of sudden movements such as jumping and running – and they are made up of 80% water! If you do not have enough water in your system, your bones will end up grinding against each other.
If you don’t already have the habit of drinking water, here are some tips to get your healthy water drinking habits started:
1. Drink a large glass FIRST thing in the morning. Put it on your bedside table and drink it before getting out of bed. Your body just went all night without water and needs a healthy dose to get things going for the day.
2. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink up.
3. Buy a reusable BPA-free water bottle and take it with you EVERYWHERE. Having water in your sight throughout the day is a great reminder to do your body some good and drink a glass.
Now, go and grab yourself a refreshing and hydrating glass of water! Cheers!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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