5 Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water:
You are probably aware that water makes up 60% of the human body (because we hear this sentence all the time), and is needed to produce bodily fluids like saliva, help flush toxins from the body and maintain a healthy weight, amongst many other things. Water also contributes to regular bowel function, clear, youthful-looking skin, and optimal muscle performance.
Failing to drink enough water can cause adverse symptoms, like dehydration, headache, weakened immunity, dry skin, and fatigue.
Here are some of the signs that indicate you may need to start drinking more water.
1. You Have Persistent Bad Breath
Water consumption is essential for saliva production, and regular water consumption helps rinse away bacteria so you can maintain healthy gums and teeth. Lack of water causes bacteria to build upon the tongue, gums, and teeth and inhibits saliva production. All of that contributes to bad breath nobody wants to have. If you make practicing good oral hygiene your everyday habit, yet you still can’t get rid of chronic bad breath, it’s possible you are not drinking enough water. However, if the bad breath sticks around even after you increase your water intake, making an appointment with your doctor might be a good idea. Some of the other underlying causes such as gum disease, type 2 diabetes, and liver or kidney problems, and you want to check that out.
2. You Feel Fatigued
Not getting enough water can lead to an overall fluid loss in the body. This fluid loss further leads to a decrease in blood volume that puts extra pressure on the heart to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the organs, muscles included. Lack of water can lead to periods of low energy levels and fatigue because your body is trying to function without enough water. If you’re constantly feeling tired and sluggish, despite getting a quality night’s sleep, you need to boost your water intake.
3. Your Skin Health Is Poor
Water plumps and hydrates skin cells to make your skin look more youthful, brighter, and vibrant. Therefore, lack of water can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and plumpness, which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, flakiness, and sagging skin. Water even helps reduce some of the most common skin problems (like acne, for example). It does it by flushing harmful toxins from the body.
4. You Experience Severe Sugar Cravings
The state of dehydration interferes with the body’s ability to reach into glucose stores. That can trigger cravings for sugary foods and carbohydrates. Sudden and weird cravings for foods like donuts, cookies, chocolate, and candies may indicate that your body needs water, and it is manifesting that through the need for sweet, sugary food. Also, try drinking more water to rehydrate your body if you’re experiencing sugar cravings or hunger pains even though you’ve just eaten. That should keep cravings at bay.
5. You Get Sick Often
Water helps flush bacteria and toxins from the body to fight off infection and disease. Water also strengthens your immune system, saving you from becoming sick frequently. If you feel that you’re always getting sick even if it’s not flu season, you need to start drinking more water.