With humans, blames always go outwards:
You have a fever? “Oh, it’s the mosquitoes in my room!”
You look stressed. “Hmm, they want to ‘finish’ me with work in that office!”
Looks like you didn’t get enough sleep. “It’s my baby oo; she was crying throughout the night!”
Studies show that it may not be the mosquitoes sometimes, or work, or your baby… it could be you. If you do not drink enough water to improve metabolism in your body, you could look sickly, stressed, or in need of sleep. In that case, it would your fault. So take the blame for once, and then do something about it.
The average adult body is made up of between 55-60% water, which is an indication as to why it’s so important to replenish and refresh these vital stores. It makes sense that when we get dehydrated our bodies [much like our vehicles] send out clear warning signs that we need to check our fluid levels. Here are some of the symptoms associated with not drinking enough water.
- Dry Skin
If, at any point, your skin stays dry and chapped despite using healing lotions, you may want to grab a drink (or several). When the skin loses its shine due to dehydration, all it desperately needs is to be watered!
Dry, sticky mouth and excessive thirst?
You haven’t been drinking enough water. It could also cause you to have bad breath. So, drink water.
- You’re dealing with a headache
Your head is aching and, with each passing minute, you can feel it getting worse. It makes it hard to concentrate on anything, and your patience begins to run thin. Fortunately, drinking more water could be enough to not only prevent these painful episodes, but to also cure them. Headaches are actually a common sign that someone is experiencing mild to moderate dehydration. In fact, an inadequate intake of water can trigger a migraine! Drink only water when experiencing headaches and avoid sugary or overly salty sports beverages, which can worsen dehydration.
- You’re tired all the time
Pay attention to your routines to make sure that you are getting enough sleep every night. If you are resting well but still feel sluggish and tired all the time, you might be dehydrated. Fatigue can seriously affect your sense of well-being and ability to concentrate; and it can leave you feeling clumsy and prone to accidents. Clearly, no one wants to feel this way, but fortunately, things could be improved simply by sipping on the right amount of water throughout the day.
- You’re gaining weight
Believe it or not, an expanding waistline can be a sign that you aren’t drinking enough water. Studies have shown that drinking as little as 500ml (about 17 ounces) of water can boost your metabolism by up to 30%. It’s not surprising therefore that many health and wellness experts include an increase in water consumption among their tips for losing and maintaining weight.
- You’re coping with constipation
If you’re having a hard time going to the bathroom, you just might need to increase your water intake. Biologically speaking, your body needs fluids in order to pass waste through your digestive tract; so if you haven’t had enough to drink, things are going to get a little backed up. In fact, dehydration is a leading cause of chronic constipation. The best thing you can do is get into the habit of drinking plenty of water throughout the day to prevent digestive woes.
- You’ve had a urinary tract infection
Anyone who has ever had a urinary tract infection will probably say that it was one of the most uncomfortable, unpleasant experiences in their life. UTIs are caused by a variety of factors but often arise after bacteria have entered into our bodies. Drinking water helps to flush bacteria from our bladders, thus preventing infection from setting in. Some warning signs that our water intake is too low include dark colored urine or a decreased need to urinate at all.
- You feel irritable and moody
In a bad mood? This may shock you, but a simple glass of water might be all you need to turn things around. Some research has shown that just mild dehydration can lead to neurological changes that affect our ability to focus and can cause irritability. Even more shocking is that you only need to be 1% below your optimal level of hydration to feel these negative effects. So, next time you’re feeling cranky and can’t understand why, drink water and let your mood improve.
- You’re having muscle cramps
Having muscle cramps can be painful. Typically, people will try stretching or using massage techniques to relieve their symptoms, but what you really need might be much simpler. There might be a relationship between dehydration and muscle cramping. Apparently, our blood circulation slows down when we drink too little water. As our bodies compensate for the lack of hydration, fluid is moved away from our muscles in an effort to protect our vital organs. It’s crucial that we consume enough water every day, but especially in hot weather and when we are exercising.
Ultimately, water is more important than most people think. There have been suggestions that we drink water first thing when we wake up, and last thing before we sleep; before we take a shower; before we eat… These make clear the great need our bodies have for water. So, why not drink?
How do you get the water you drink? Is there a water dispenser in your office? Or do you have to carry your own personal water bottle? Or is your office so cool it makes its own water? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.