There’s not much in this world more refreshing than a tall, ice-cold glass of water.
I don’t think there’s anyone alive that can deny that sometimes, a simple glass of water can be more satisfying than a cup of coffee or a can of soda.
Despite this, too many of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are continuously damaging our bodies.
Most of us are not aware when our body lacks water, so we need to learn to read the signs it gives us. These are the most common 10 signs when our body is warning us it needs water:
Dehydration reduces the amounts of fluids around the brain, which are there to protect the brain from movement or mild bumps. It causes headaches and migraine.
Dehydration will also reduce oxygen and blood flow to the brain, which also triggers headaches.
When you get a headache, don`t reach for a pill, try drinking a glass of water, it may go away if the reason was dehydration.
2. Inability to concentrate:
The human brain is 90% it should be the first organ to show symptoms. Some of them are an inability to concentrate or make a decision, poor memory or mood swings.
Brain fog is a typical symptom of water deficiency, along with forgetfulness, problems with communications, thinking and focusing.
According to a study from 2013, published in Clinical Autonomic Research, dehydration is the most frequent cause of brain fog, along with poor sleep, fatigue or long hours of standing.
A 2011 study concluded that lower concentration, headaches, and bad mood resulted from 1,36% dehydration in women.
3. Constipation and some digestive problems:
Water lubricates the digestive system, keeping the track clean and flexible, and helping bowel movements.
Loss of fluids caused by diarrhea or vomiting will most likely harden the stool, leading to constipation. Also, water deficiency can cause indigestion and heartburn.
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published a study from 2003 showing that loss and decreased intake of fluids increase constipation.
4. Food cravings:
If you feel a food craving, try drinking a glass of water first. Maybe the body is sending false messages to the brain thinking you are hungry when you actually lack water.
If you crave salty food, probably your body has lost electrolytes. Drink some sports drink, they contain sodium. Or make lemonade using lemon juice, a glass of water and a teaspoon of salt.
5. Dry mouth and bad breath:
When the body lacks water, it produces less saliva, which destroys bacteria in the oral cavity. This leads to increase of bacteria, which is causing bad breath.
Also, water is a lubricant, keeping the mucous membranes moist, which prevents the mouth from getting dry.
6. You Experience Reduced Urination:
Believe it or not, if you’re not taking a trip to the restroom 4-7 times a day, you’re probably not drinking enough water. And when you do go #1, it should be a light yellow or clear color. If it’s a darker yellow, your body is telling you it’s lacking proper hydration. In extreme cases, dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections, in which case you should consult a doctor right away.
7 You Experience Premature Aging:
The amount of water our bodies retain naturally decreases as we age. Obviously, what this means is that, as we get older, we should consciously increase our water intake. While premature aging is more evident on the outside, the damage it does to our insides will ultimately be felt over time. To decrease the risk of running your body raw, it’s important to continue to drink water throughout your lifetime.
8. You Stay Sick Longer:
Drinking water allows your body to continuously flush out toxins. Your organs work to filter our certain waste products like a machine, but if you don’t fuel the machine with water, it cannot work properly. What ends up happening in a dehydrated body is organs start to pull water from stored areas like your blood, which leads to a whole new set of problems.
9. Pain and cramps in joints and muscles:
Excess perspiration can cause muscle contractions and cramps. The Journal of Applied Physiology has published a study from 2008 stating that the status of water in the human body is important for hormonal and metabolic functions.
10. Increased heart rate:
Lack of water will decrease the plasma volume, and make the blood more viscous. This has an impact on the blood circulation, increasing the heart rate.
The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research has published a study in 2014 proving that dehydration has negative impacts on the heart`s performance.
It discovered that for every 1% change in body weight from dehydration, the heart rate changes an average of 3 heart beats per minute.