We get it…everyone has such busy lives these days, keeping track of exactly how much water you’re drinking just isn’t top of the list, but we need this simple fluid to function. Our bodies are super smart and have all kinds of little ways of telling us we’re not getting enough. Here are our top 8 signs to look out for if you’re not drinking enough water…
- Dry mouth
Never ignore that sticky, nasty feeling on the back of your tongue, reach for the water to lubricate the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat. Sugary soft drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem.
- Dry eyes
If your eyes feel heavy and dried out, you’re not drinking enough water. Without water in the body, your tear ducts can dry up and over a long period of time, cause damage to your eyes. As well as this you’ll feel sleepy and lack focus as you just want to keep closing your eyes!
- Dry skin
This is a big tell-tell sign you’re not getting enough water, and one not to ignore. Your skin is the largest organ in the body, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water means the body can’t sweat so well, meaning excess dirt and oil can’t naturally be washed away throughout the day.
- Overly thirsty
Might seem like an obvious one, but if the body is telling you to drink water (and lots of it!) then listen to it, your body will continue sending signals to the brain until fluid levels are back to normal. This is particularly important after a night out, as drinking alcohol can completely dehydrate your body, so always have a big glass of water next to your bed ready to go for when you wake up.
- Dark pee
If your pee is dark yellow in colour, this is a big sign of dehydration. When your urine is more concentrated and dark, it means it contains more waste as there isn’t enough water flowing through the kidneys to flush out the toxins and eliminate waste.
Our brains are made up of 80% water, so when you’re dehydrated the brain tissue loses water causing brain shrinkage and dilated blood vessels, causing pain and inflammation, more commonly known as a headache. So next time you feel one coming on, reach for a big glass of water.
- Low energy
There are other factors that can cause low energy levels, but one of them could be a lack of water. When you’re dehydrated, the body stores up energy by decreasing blood circulation, meaning our muscles aren’t receiving enough oxygen to function properly, and we become lethargic and tired.
- Always hungry
If you’ve eaten but you still feel hungry, this could be because you’re not drinking enough water. When you’re dehydrated, the hypothalamus in the brain which controls the nervous and endocrine systems can confuse thirst with hunger.