It isn’t a sexy drink, but drinking water is crucial to living a healthy life. There is a bit of an inconsistency regarding how much water we should be drinking every day, with some experts abiding by the 8x8 rule – that is drinking an 8 ounce glass of water at least 8 times a day, for a total of 64 ounces. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies actually says women who are adequately hydrated drink 91 ounces of water a day. Either way, we need to drink a significant amount of water a day to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, water can be derived from more than just a typical glass of the liquid. But it is the easiest and healthiest way to get your daily intake. Your body is made up of approximately 60% water, so it is important to stay hydrated so your body can function at peak performance. There are ways you can tell that you are not getting enough water. Check out these signs that may mean you are not getting enough water.
Many of these signs are pretty simple – if you are thirsty, it is your body’s way of telling you that you need more water. If you are taking in enough water, you will rarely be thirsty. The feeling of thirst occurs when your body loses one to two percent of its total water content. And don’t try and quench your thirst with sugary sodas or sports drinks, as they won’t be nearly as effective as simple water.
2. Watch your urine
Now, it may not be exactly pleasant to keep a close eye on our pee. But, the color of you urine is one of the best ways to determine if you are dehydrated. If you are drinking enough water, your urine will be light yellow or even clear. But one of the clearest signs of dehydration is having darker than normal urine. If you see that your pee is dark, and less than normal, go drink a glass of water. It means you are dehydrated.
Water is essential for your body to keep your body cool and stop organs from overheating, especially after hard physical activity. If you start cramping up, feeling overheated, or even get dizzy or lightheaded after a tough workout, grab a water bottle. Chances are some water will help the problem.
4. Dry skin
Drinking lots of water could be good for your skin, so if you notice irregular flaky or dry skin then it could be due to dehydration. If you are always using lotion and noticing dry skin, the answer may not be in a tube of lotion but instead a bottle of water.
By knowing the signs of dehydrations – and none of these signs are pleasant to deal with – you will be able to easily solve them with a drink of water. So put down the soda pop and sports drinks and pick up a glass of water instead.