7 Warning Signs That Tell You Your Body Is Lacking Water
Did you know that we often mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger? So instead of topping up on fluids, we eat; and instead of supplying our bodies with the much needed water, we give it what it doesn’t really want. This can lead to a state of mild to moderate dehydration, and many people suffer from it without even knowing.
Every cell in our body depends on water. Water flushes out the toxins as well as fat and is essential for organ function. Not getting enough water can have health consequences and result in an illness. The importance of water is also featured in my e-book about superfoods and how they can improve your health, which is part of my Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition and weight loss goals.
Here are 7 common signs of dehydration that should prompt you to drink more:
1. Your urine becomes dark yellow
The color of your urine is an important indicator of health. When you drink sufficient amounts of water, your urine is pale yellow. If it gets dark yellow and appears more concentrated, this is a sign you need to refill on water. Also the frequency of urination matters. If you haven’t been to the toilet for 2 hours or more, this means you haven’t been drinking any water and should replenish.
2. You feel dizzy
Since blood is mainly made of water, dehydration also causes a drop in blood pressure. When you have low blood pressure, you can start feeling wobbly.
3. You have a headache
Headaches are often caused by dehydration (as I mentioned in my post about the top 15 causes of headaches). When the pressure in your blood vessels drops, it makes it harder for the heart to pump enough oxygen to the brain, which results in a headache.
4. You experience brain fog
It’s not uncommon to have cognitive difficulties when you haven’t drunk enough water. Brain is made 90% of water and brain cells and nerves react badly to water loss. You can start feeling sluggish, and experience problems with concentration and memory.
5. You are feeling fatigued
Lack of water can often result in a feeling of tiredness and sleepiness (as I mentioned in my post about the 6 reasons you are tired all the time). This warning sign, too, is connected with low blood pressure and difficulty supplying the brain with the oxygen it requires.
6. Your skin is dry
If your skin feels dry and has lost some of its elasticity, this can signal you’re dehydrated. Drinking water can help you maintain your youthful appearance and keeps the skin healthy and shining.
7. You get constipated
If you have trouble with constipation, increasing your fluid intake should be the first step and it’s also one of the top 10 natural remedies for constipation. Water helps the food move through your intestines and keeps the digestive tract flexible and clean, so it can perform its function well.
What Fluids to Drink?
Water is still your best bet. You can also get some fluids from food – fruits and veggies with high water content include watermelon, cucumbers, grapes, carrots and cabbage.
Vegetable juices, flavored water, herbal teas and clear soups are also a good source. Fruit juices are high in fructose and has none of the fiber that real fruit does, so should be consumed in moderation (try blitzing your own juice using a lot of veggies and a hint of fruit).
Also, when you drink black tea and coffee, don’t forget that these beverages make you pee more (they are diuretics), so they don’t help much with your rehydration efforts.
You may also want to read my other posts that are related to water consumption:
See What Happens To Your Body When You Are Dehydrated
The Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Water
Why Drinking Too Much Water Is Dangerous
Which Is Better: Drinking Cold Or Warm Water?