It seems that in the world there is nothing more refreshing than a good glass of cold water. Water in its natural state produces much more pleasure and health than a cup of coffee or a bottle of soda. Still, many of us do not ingest enough water each day, leaving our bodies in a short supply of this vital fluid. If you notice any of the following signs, Bright Side recommends that you take action (and water, of course).
1. Your mouth feels dry
It is a much more obvious symptom than its consequences. Of course, when you experience this sensation you are looking for some liquid, but sweet drinks, for example, only provide a temporary solution to the problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat, so the moisture remains, as it should be.
2. You have dry skin
The skin is the largest organ in your body, and it also needs moisture. Dry skin is one of the first symptoms of complete dehydration that can have much more serious consequences. Lack of water also means a lack of sweat, which is reflected in the inability of the body to clean itself (in addition to urine) and let excess fat escape, not to mention the thermoregulatory function of sweat. Solving all that is very simple: drink more water.
3. You feel too thirsty
It is not the same as having a dry mouth. Anyone who has had a hangover knows what it feels like to be unable to fill up on water, even after drinking a lot. Alcohol dehydrates the body and the brain sends out warning signals. Listen to your body, the body knows what it needs.
4. You feel like your eyes are dry
One of the signs of water shortage in the body is having red eyes (once again, remember your last hangover). Without the necessary amount of water, your tear ducts dry out, and that can affect your eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses.
5. Your joints hurt
Joints and cartilaginous discs are made up of 80% water, and this is necessary so that our bones do not rub against each other at every step. By maintaining the balance of hydration in the body, the joints can absorb shocks produced by sudden and / or strong movements such as running or falling.
6. Your muscle mass decreases
Your muscles are also made up mostly of water. So the less water you have in your body, the less muscle mass you will have. Drinking water before, during, and after workouts and physical activities is not only necessary to feel good, but is also very important to reduce the likelihood of inflammation and pain related to exercise.
7. You are sick longer than the others
Water constantly helps to remove toxins from the body. Your organs work as one when it comes to filtering what they don’t need, but without water, that mechanism cannot function properly. When suffering from dehydration, the different organs begin to “suck” water from, for example, the blood and that means the appearance of a long list of problems.
8. You feel tired and sleepy
When the body begins to “borrow” water from the blood, dehydration causes a lack of oxygen in all organs. Lack of oxygen causes drowsiness and fatigue. That means you’ll feel more and more tired every day, and coffee is not a long-term solution.
9. You constantly feel hungry
A dehydrated body can send hunger signals. This happens suddenly when during the day or night you feel a pressing need to visit your refrigerator or the food that is nearby. It is something to be expected since food contains the liquid and/or moisture that your body needs, on the other hand, water is necessary to be able to digest properly.
10. You have digestive problems
We have already talked about how important it is to moisturize the oral mucosa, and that has to do with the entire digestive system. Without the necessary moisture, the density of the stomach lining is reduced, and that allows gastric acid to damage your internal organs, leading to what we commonly call heartburn and indigestion.
11. You have symptoms of premature aging
The amount of water that our body can contain decreases with age. When we age it is necessary to conscientiously increase our water consumption. Although the symptoms of premature aging are more evident on the outside, the damage that dehydration causes to internal organs will take its toll in the long term. To reduce the risks of something like this it is necessary to have good habits of consumption of liquids, and especially, of water throughout life.
12. You read this article to the end
Most likely, if you’ve read this article to the end, you think “Hmm, I don’t think I drink enough water.” Did that come to your head? So start right now, drink a glass of water, it’s better to drink a little more than the absolutely necessary thing that later suffers the consequences. To drink! … water
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