Our bodies contain around 60 to 70 water if we don’t top it up from time to time this quality can reduce significantly which can lead to a lot of health problems. We lose water from our bodies every day be it through simple breathing sweating crying urination and even stool it can get dehydrated very easily water helps you stay hydrated keeps the organs functioning brain working and makes you feel good in general unfortunately most of us don’t get enough water on a day-to-day basis but your body will give you signals to indicate you’re not drinking enough and in today’s video we’ll tell you what these signs are from unexplained headaches bad breath frequent illnesses muscle cramps to dry skin. Here are 16 symptoms of not drinking enough water
1. Slow Digestion
Digestion can slow down for all sorts of reasons it could be something that you’ve eaten or an illness but a lack of water can make an impact on digestion when you’re not getting enough you may notice that it slows down significantly you might have stomach aches or random cramps if this is happening to you for no apparent reason you might try drinking more water and see what happens what foods throw your digestion out of whack tell us quickly down below in the comment section.
Headaches are a complicated phenomenon for many we don’t know the cause and we never find out it could be food sensitivity stress an illness or you guessed it dehydration can cause headaches that hit you out of nowhere while over-the-counter pain relievers can provide some relief the only cure is to rehydrate the body and keep it that way.
3. Constantly Thirsty
It’s probably a no-brainer to say that if you’re thirsty it means you need more water if you’re feeling a little parched it could mean that you’re more dehydrated than you think a great way to check is by taking note of how many times you go to the bathroom the average person should be going to the bathroom about 4-10 times a day this statistic is also contingent on your age and if you’re taking medication but it’s probably not normal if you’re at the office all day and don’t go to the bathroom at least once ultimately if you believe that your body is dehydrated more than the average person set alarms on your phone to remind you when you should rehydrate.
4. Bad Breath
While your bad breath may stink because of that garlic dish you had for lunch you may want to down a glass or two of water to increase the saliva in your mouth for fresher breath dehydration can cause the bacteria that live in your mouth to multiply as the mouth dries out drinking a few glasses of water in between meals can help flush out food particles this will maintain the right amount of saliva you should have in your mouth when you’re not drinking enough water the production of saliva slows down which has antibacterial properties this makes bacteria grow faster inside your mouth.
5. Decreased Energy Levels
Do you feel constantly tired all the time that you low-key want to take a nap every single day incorporating more water into your daily routine can keep your nap time at bay being dehydrated decreases your blood circulation which can make your body want to conserve its energy when your muscles don’t receive enough oxygenated blood it can cause them to cramp when you work out this will make them feel fatigued if you feel this is occurring during your exercise routine don’t push yourself stop drink water and rest if you need to.
6. Frequent Illness
Water helps flush toxins waste and bacteria from the body this helps it fight disease and infection as well as strengthens your immune system so you become sick less frequently if it seems as though you’re always getting sick you may need to start drinking more water this will keep your body free of toxins and functioning at an optimal level.
Water promotes good digestion and regular bowel movements by keeping your stool soft and moving it easily through the digestive tract not drinking enough can cause your body to pull water from stool to compensate for fluid loss if your bowel movements are irregular try drinking more water to loosen your stools and relieve constipation and bloating.
8. Watery eyes
A lack of water intake leads to dry bloodshot eyes without water in the body your tear ducts dry up when your body senses that your eyes are not moist enough it tries to remedy the problem by producing an abundance of tears.
9. Sugar Cravings
Dehydration interferes with your body’s ability to reach into glucose stores for energy this can trigger cravings for foods high in sugar and carbohydrates unusual and sudden cravings for sugary foods like chocolate donuts cookies and candies may indicate that your body is in great need of water not food if you’re experiencing sugar cravings or hunger pangs even though you’ve recently eaten try drinking more water to rehydrate your body and keep cravings at bay.
10. Dark Urine
If you’re taking fewer than four to five trips to the toilet during the day and your urine is dark yellow instead of pale or clear you’re likely not getting enough fluid while it’s recommended that we drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day it’s not only water that counts towards hydration you can also go for plain tea fruit tea and low-fat milk as good alternatives however water should be your go-to drink of choice to avoid excess calories.
11. Muscle Cramps
When your body loses enough fluid it’s unable to cool itself off adequately leading to heat illness one symptom to look out for is muscle cramps which can happen while exercising particularly in hot weather the hotter you get the more likely you are to get muscle cramps and that’s from a pure heat effect on the muscles as the muscles work harder and harder they can seize up from the heat itself changes in the electrolytes such as sodium and potassium can lead to muscle cramping as well even in cooler weather dehydration is possible if you don’t drink enough fluids while working out symptoms may be milder or come on slower but dehydration carries the same risks regardless of the temperature outside.
12. Low blood pressure
Low blood pressure more than half of the blood in the body is plasma the liquid part of the blood plasma is made up of water protein and salt without enough water in your plasma your blood will become more concentrated and it will be a lot more difficult for it to flow through the body to the organs that need it leading to lower blood pressure levels water also carries hormones and nutrients to their destinations so when fluid consumption is reduced this procedure starts to slow down causing many bodily dysfunctions it may also lead to a drop in blood pressure which can lead to dizziness you may also experience a faster heartbeat as the heart tries to increase low blood pressure what’s worse than low blood pressure you guessed it high blood pressure and it’s very important to recognize its signs so that you can take action immediately to know what they are watch this video titled 9 signs of high blood pressure you should never ignore now back to signs you’re not drinking enough water.
13. Dry Skin
Water hydrates and plumps skin cells to make your skin look brighter vibrant and more youthful however lack of it can cause the skin to lose its plumpness and elasticity this can lead to dryness flakiness fine lines wrinkles and sagging skin water helps reduce acne and other skin problems by flushing harmful toxins from your body if beauty products and skin treatments are failing to improve the appearance of your skin drink more water to achieve a more youthful appearance and to reduce skin problems.
14. Heat Stroke
Sweating during exercise so what happens if you don’t sweat during a workout it could mean your body is liquid deprived typically our bodies overheat during exercise and we sweat to keep our core body temperature regulated if there isn’t enough water to produce sweat our body can’t regulate itself this can be very dangerous as it may lead to overheating or heat stroke.
15. Joint Pain
Joint Pain although drinking water might not cure arthritis or any other causes of joint pain increasing the amount you drink can help treat some of the painful symptoms of these conditions you might see fluid retention in your ankles and fingers when you’re not drinking enough water it’s important for lubricating joints so drinking water can help with joint pain.
16. Kidney problems
Kidney problems not having enough water can lead to a urinary tract infection which can lead to a kidney infection kidneys filter your blood which is mainly water so if you’re on the dehydrated side it puts extra stress on your kidneys drinking plenty of water can also prevent kidney stones okay now you know the signs that you don’t drink enough water so what happens when you are drinking enough get to know more about this by watching eight health benefits of drinking water or learning about how much water you should drink every day these two videos will definitely help make sure you drink enough water for a healthier body how much water do you drink every day is it enough let us know in the comment section below