WEBMD recommends drinking six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluid every day.
It might sound like a lot, but you also lose a lot of water each day. You sweat; you go to the bathroom; you even lose liquid in your breath as you breathe and talk.
Not only do you lose a lot of water each day, your body relies on water to function properly.
So when you don’t get enough of it, chances are you’re going to start feeling it in different parts of your body and life. Below we’ve listed some of the most common symptoms of people who just don’t get enough water.
If any of these sound familiar, you need to start drinking more water:
1. Your mouth is dry
While this might seem obvious, many times we ignore this symptom and continue on with our day. Or sometimes, we substitute water for a soft or sports drink. When your mouth gets dry, always go for the water first — that’s what your body is craving.
2. Your skin is dry
If you didn’t know, your skin is your largest organ. So, if you’re not taking care of the rest of your body — by not drinking enough water for example — it’s going to show in your skin.
3. You have dry eyes
OK, by now you understand that when you don’t drink enough while it begins affecting other parts of your body — including your eyes. Think about the last hangover you endured. You probably woke up not only thirsty and with a headache, but your eyes were probably red too. That’s because alcohol dehydrates you, everyone!
4. Your urine is dark
WEBMD explains that when you drink enough water, your urine should be light yellow or clear. If it’s darker than that, it could be a sign that you’re not getting enough water.
5. You’re constipated
If you’re constipated or your stool is hard, WEBMD also explains this could be a sign you’re not getting enough water. If you drink water regularly you should have regular bowel movements and your stool should be soft.
6. You experience joint pain
LifeHack explains that your joints are made up of 80 percent water. So if you’re not getting enough water in your diet, chances are you could have sore joints.
7. You have hunger pains
Sometimes those hunger pains are actually a signal from your body to drink more. Livestrong explains this strange phenomenon by saying that your body receives mixed signals when it hasn’t gotten enough water, causing it, and you, to believe you need to eat when you really need to hydrate. So next time you get a hunger pain, drink a tall glass of water first and see how you feel.
8. You stay sick longer
If you start to realize when you get sick it lasts longer than usual, it might be because you’re not properly hydrated. All that water you drink helps flush out toxins and other bad things. That’s why the doctors tell you to get plenty of liquids when you’re sick. So, listen up and drink lots of water when you’re sick and as a preventative measure to stay healthy.
Dizziness can have many causes, but dehydration can be one of them. If you’ve gone past the point of thirsty and realize you feel dizzy, it could be because you just aren’t getting enough water. If after a workout or being in the sun you start to feel dizzy, try drinking water.
If you feel overall fatigue, it could be the fact that your body just doesn’t have enough water to help keep it running. Drinking enough water can prevent feeling fatigue like this.
It’s also important to note that dehydration can cause some more serious symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.
– Extreme thirst
– Less frequent urination
– Dark-colored urine
If you experience any of these, you might want to seek medical attention, as an infusion of liquids might be needed to get your body back on track.