15 Signs You Need to Drink More Water


Health / Friday, July 13th, 2018

We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day.  But how many people really do it?  We grow up being told that we need to drink water but it’s easy to lose focus of our actual water consumption.  Do you know if you are drinking enough water?  Or could you possibly be dehydrated?  In this post, I’m going to give 15 signs you need to drink more water.

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Signs You Need to Drink More Water

 

I was tired and couldn’t focus

signs you need to drink more water

I went through a period where I was extremely tired and could not focus.  I tried eating energy-rich foods, drinking healthy smoothies, and exercise but nothing seemed to help.  I was extremely lethargic in the morning and by 2 pm I could hardly keep my eyes open.

Who would have thought that my symptoms were caused by dehydration?  I’ve never been a fan of drinking water so it was pretty much my last drink choice.  I actually realized that I didn’t drink much of anything throughout the day.  My only liquid intake was during meals and I didn’t drink much.

I was definitely dehydrated!

 

Why Do We Need to Drink Water?

signs you need to drink more water
The human body needs water to survive.  According to Everyday Health, water is essential to our body’s cells, organs, and tissues.  It regulates the body’s temperature and maintains various bodily functions.  Our bodies lose water when we digest food, sweat, and even breath.  It is important that we drink water to replace the water that our bodies lose naturally.

 

15 Signs You Need to Drink More Water

Are you drinking enough water?  Here are 10 signs that you are not drinking enough water to keep your body healthy and functioning properly.

 

#1 –  Increased Heartbeat

 

#2 – Lack of Energy

 

#3 – Extreme Tiredness

 

#4 – Dark Urine

 

#5 – Decreased Urine

 

#6 – Hunger

 

#7 – Muscle and Joint Pain

 

#8 – Constipation

 

#9 – Headaches

 

#10 – Dizziness

 

#11 – Headaches

 

#12 – Dry Mouth

 

#13 – Bad Breath

 

#14 – Poor Concentration

 

#15 – Brain Fog (Confusion, Forgetfulness, Memory Loss)

 

How to Recover From Dehydration

signs you need to drink more water

Dehydration is treated by replacing the water and electrolytes that your body requires.  According to WebMD, you can recover from mild dehydration by just drinking water.  For severe cases pre-mixed hydration solutions, crushed fruit mixed with water, or soups/broths can help.

 

10 Tips to Stay Properly Hydrated

signs you need to drink more water

Now that you know how to spot the signs of dehydration.  Here are 10 tips to help you stay properly hydrated.

Tip 1:  Drink a glass of room temperature water when you wake up in the morning

Tip 2:  Eat fruits and vegetables rich with water daily

Tip 3:  Limit acholic beverages

Tip 4:  Carry a bottle of water with you throughout the day

Tip 5:  Decrease caffeinated drinks

Tip 6:  Keep a travel mug on your desk while working to remind you to drink water

Tip 7:  Reduce energy drinks

Tip 8:  Drink increased amounts of water if you are sick or experience diarrhea

Tip 9:  Drink a glass of water before each meal

Tip 10:  Drink a glass of water after any food craving

 

Are You Dehydrated?

Are you experiencing many of the symptoms on this list?  If so, you may be dehydrated.  Try using the 10 Tips to Stay Properly Hydrated and see if your symptoms subside.  Remember, your body needs water.  Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

Signs You Are Dehydrated Right Now

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6 Replies to “15 Signs You Need to Drink More Water”

  1. I am not good at drinking water, that’s something I’m actually working on. Your tips were very inspiring actually, I’ve already filled up a bottle of water and am gonna eat more fruits every day, and remember drinking a glass of water before each meal! #motivated

    1. Hey Namra! I’m glad these tips help to motivate you. Drinking water is something that I really have to push myself to do as well. Good Luck on your Hydration Journey!

  2. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t drink enough water so I appreciate the signs but especially the tips! I need to keep a travel mug out so that my water stays cold AND I have a visual reminder

    1. Hey Carolyn! That visual reminder is key for me as well. It’s just not something you think about if it’s not staring you in the face. Lol

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