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Important Signs That We Don't Drink Enough Water

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There are few things in this world that are more refreshing than a large glass of "ice cold” water. We believe no one would disagree that sometimes, a glass of water can meet our needs much more than a cup of coffee or a can of soda. Nevertheless, many of us do not drink enough water throughout the day. Depriving ourselves of the most natural nutrient – water, we constantly damage our own bodies. If you recognize yourself among one of the following indicators, we recommend that you immediately have a glass of water.

1. Your mouth is dry
This seems pretty obvious, but the ramifications might not be so. Of course, any time you feel that sticky, nasty feeling in your mouth, you’d obviously reach for some sort of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat, which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip.

2. Your skin is dry
The skin is the largest organ of our body which must be constantly hydrated. After all, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of complete dehydration which can lead to much more serious problems. Less water means less sweating, resulting in the inability of the body to discard the unnecessary wastes and fats that have been accumulated during the day. If you want to avoid the consequences, the first thing to do is start drinking more water.

3. You're overly thirsty
We went over dry mouth already, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover can tell you that, upon waking up, your body just can’t get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water sends ’YES PLEASE!’ signals to the brain until your fluid levels get back to baseline. Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it’s talking about.

4. Your eyes are dry
We believe that by now, you have realized how much drinking water affects the whole body, rather than just the mouth and the throat. Lack of water can lead to dry and bloodshot eyes. Without sufficient water intake in the body, the eye lids become dry. Maybe, as a joke, you will think: "so what if I can’t cry?", but insufficient hydration causes great damage to the eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses.

5. You experience joint pain
Our cartilage and spinal discs are made up of about 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to keep our bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements, such as running, jumping, or falling awkwardly.

6. Your muscles mass decreases
Your muscles are also largely composed of water. Normally, less water in the body means fewer muscles. Drinking water before, during and after the workout, not only keeps you hydrated and fresh, but also conducts water to the right areas of your body and reduces the possibility of developing inflammation associated with exercise and lifting weights.

7. 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.

8. You feel fatigued and lethargic
As we just mentioned, when a body is dehydrated it "borrows" water from your blood. A lack of properly hydrated blood leads to a lack of oxygen being brought throughout the body. Of course, a lack of oxygen leads to sleepiness and outright fatigue. A lack of stamina means you’ll start to experience that 2pm crash earlier and earlier in your day 

9. You experience hunger pangs
When you’re dehydrated, your body might start to think it needs some food. This happens throughout the day, and overnight when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water purifies and your organs and supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes a body goes through.

10. You experience digestive problems
We spoke before about the mucus in our mouth and throat, and how keeping hydrated allows the membrane to function correctly. This also applies to the entire digestive system. Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, allowing stomach acid to do some major damage to your insides. This leads to what we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion.

11. You experience premature ageing
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 ageing 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.

12. You’re reading this and have gotten this far
I drink water all the time. I almost always have a glass or bottle of water next to me, whether I’m working, working out, or vegging out in front of the TV. If you clicked on this article, chances are you thought to yourself ’Hmm, I don’t think I drink enough water.’ So if you don’t think you do, pour a glass right now! Don’t overdo it, of course, but if you’re not getting the recommended amount (which is higher than you’d think), there’s no harm in drinking more. Now if you’ll excuse me, all this typing has made me thirsty.



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