Water is essential to good health and a person’s overall well-being. It prevents dehydration from setting in and provides men and women with energy, accelerates weight loss, flushes out toxins, and improves the skin’s complexion. Drinking enough water is essential because it also helps people stay regular, gives the immune system a boost, helps relieve headaches, prevents cramps and sprains, and improves your mood.
If you’re not getting enough water in your body daily, you’ll know. There won’t be any pep in your step and you may feel tired, achy, and irritable. Even worse, you may develop severe symptoms that significantly impede your health.
Here are some of the signs of dehydration:
- Increased thirst. You feel like you can’t drink enough water. You’re so thirsty that you gulp down an entire bottle without pausing. It feels like you’ve been without H2O for days.
- Dry, pasty mouth. Your mouth feels like a desert. It’s hard to open your mouth because the inside of it is parched and the outside of it where your lips are feel like sandpaper. You’re in desperate need to wet your mouth so you can speak.
- Feelings of exhaustion. When you haven’t drank enough water, you feel tired and fatigued. It hurts to move and think. You may have other symptoms such as headache that accompany feelings of exhaustion.
- Fewer urges to pee. Without much input, there won’t be as much output. Your body is trying to hold onto the water it does still have left in it. If you’re not going to the bathroom frequently, it could be because you’re dehydrated.
- Low volume of urine and it is bright yellow in color. When you do go to the bathroom, you may only urinate a little. It may also be bright or dark yellow in color. The lighter the pee is, the more hydrated you are.
- Dry skin on your face and body. When you’re hydrated, your skin is moisturized. When you’re dehydrated, it’s very dry. Skip the expensive moisturizer and make sure you’re drinking more water for best results.
- Headache and mental confusion. If your head is pounding, it’s a sign that you haven’t had enough water to drink. Dehydration also causes confusion. Mentally, you may not know what you’re doing or why you’re doing it which can be very frustrating.
- Lack of tears or low tear output. You can’t cry if you have no water to release from your tear ducts! If you feel like you’re going to succumb to intense emotions but notice that there are no tears, sit down, take a deep breath, and slowly sip water. It takes your focus off the problem for a moment and allows you to engage in some much-needed self-care.
Dehydration affects your performance at home, school, and work. Rapid losses of fluids from the body should be avoided. That’s why it’s important to make drinking water and carrying a refillable water bottle with you everywhere you go a habit. You can prevent yourself from becoming ill and cognitively challenged by sipping H2O regularly.