The human body consists of 60% water. It is very important for the normal functioning of the body and metabolic processes. However, you will lose water through sweat, urination, and breathing. Therefore, you should drink enough water regularly to stay hydrated.
Not drinking enough water can lead to extreme fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, and a general feeling of dehydration. Chronic dehydration weakens your immune system. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 21 signs you’re not drinking enough water.
If you experience any of these symptoms, the first step is to increase your daily water intake.
A sign that you are not drinking enough water
Water is so important to our body’s functions that its lack can cause a number of problems. Here are the most common signs of dehydration that indicate you need to drink more water
- Constant thirst
First, let’s take a look at the signs of dehydration. You may experience extreme thirst that doesn’t go away with just a sip or swallow of water. Your body is trying to tell you that it has not had enough water after a while, so you need to quench this thirst as soon as possible.
- Constant bad breath
By staying properly hydrated, you help your salivary glands produce more saliva, which removes bacteria from your mouth. When you are dehydrated, saliva production is limited, which helps bacteria grow in the gums and between teeth. This can lead to chronic bad breath.
- Diminished urine/dark urine
Your kidneys need water to function properly and flush out toxins from your system. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys will retain more water, causing you to urinate less. Not only that, but the next time you pee, it will contain more toxins, making it darker in color and smelling stronger.
- Constant hunger and cravings for sugar
Without adequate water intake, your body will have trouble making energy from glucose stores. As a result, you will be hungry and start craving sweet foods like chocolates, cookies, and candies. If this happens to you, i.e. you are still hungry after eating, it is a sign that you are dehydrated.
Read: How Drinking Water Helps Lower Blood Sugar
- Weight gain
This stems from the last point. If drinking less water increases hunger, it can lead to weight gain. Furthermore, dehydration lowers your metabolic rate, which can contribute to weight gain.
- Poor skin health
If you’re dehydrated, your skin cells don’t have enough water. This means your skin will become dry, less elastic and flaky, with fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Water also helps flush toxins out of your system, so a lack of it can lead to a build-up of toxins and pimples and acne.
- Digestive problems/Constipation
Water keeps the digestive system healthy and helps food move through the digestive system. It also softens your stool and makes it easier to pass. Dehydration can cause stool to harden and slow its passage through your system. This can lead to persistent constipation, bloating and flatulence.
- Dry mouth and chapped lips
We all know that horrible feeling when the inside of the mouth becomes sticky and dry. However, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this is the result of dehydration or improper water intake. The same goes for dry, chapped lips that crack easily. These are often the first signs of dehydration and can be remedied by increasing your daily water intake.
- Dry eyes
Without water, tear ducts dry up and your eyes can’t be moisturized. As a result, your eyes will become irritated and bloodshot. Dry eyes are not a pleasant feeling and can easily be avoided if you drink the recommended amount of water regularly.
- Muscle cramps
Excessive sweating can lead to dehydration. If your body doesn’t have enough water to produce more sweat, it can lead to sore muscles. You see, the body sweats to cool itself down. So if you’re in a hot environment and you’re dehydrated, that heat can affect your muscles and cause them to stiffen.
- Muscle pain and joint pain
Did you know that our cartilage is made up of 80% water? Therefore, without water, cartilage weakens and bones rub against each other, causing muscle and joint pain.