Being dehydrated is no fun. It can affect your mood, your productivity and your health and yet it’s such a simple fix.
In order for your body to function healthily, your body should be around 60% water. Yet many people are not drinking as much water as they should be.
Every day you lose water through daily activities such as sweating and going the toilet. It’s important that these fluids are replaced as your body requires enough fluid and electrolytes to function properly.
Here are some common signs you’re not getting enough water:
You have a headache
A dehydration headache can be anything from relatively mild to more severe migraines. This is because a large portion of your brain is made up of water and it needs fluid replacement to work at its best.
It’s thought that the brain can temporarily contract from dehydration and pull away from the skull which is what causes pain. If you have headaches regularly, particularly in the back of the head and neck, it could be that you’re not getting enough water.
You can’t remember when you last drank
When did you last have some water? If the answer is “I don’t know” or “a few hours ago”, head to the tap and grab a glass of water.
Many people think they drink enough because they guzzle some in the morning. However the best way to stay hydrated is to take regular sips throughout the day.
Make it a habit to refill your water bottle whenever you grab a coffee. Soon enough you won’t even notice that you’re reaching for the water more.
You feel dizzy standing up
While dehydration isn’t the only cause of this, it’s one of the most common causes of dizziness aside from hunger.
Standing up too quick can cause blood flow to the brain to change suddenly and lead to a blood pressure drop. This can be made worse when you’re dehydrated, hungry or ill. If this is a regular problem for you, assess your water and food intake.
Again this isn’t the only cause but dehydration can affect your energy levels and make you feel more tired. This is usually because lack of water can affect blood pressure.
The National Hydration Council say that one in 10 cases of fatigue are down to dehydration and that 35% of patients felt better after upping their fluid intake. Instead of reaching for the espresso try to up your water intake to see how you feel.
When going the toilet, if you notice your urine is a dark yellow colour, this is the best indication that you’re dehydrated. Ideally it should be as light as possible. So if in doubt, nip the loo.
You’re too hot
When we get hot, we sweat to cool down but if your body is lacking fluids it’ll struggle to sweat the right amount to cool you effectively. Besides, what’s better than a cold glass of water when the sun’s out?
Your skin looks dull
There’s a good reason all those beauty bloggers and celebrities talk about water being good for your skin. Being hydrated can help you stay looking young and prevent sagging and aging. Make drinking water a cheap and easy step in your beauty routine.
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