There is not much more refreshing in this world than a tall, ice-cold glass of water. I do not think there is anyone alive who can deny that a simple glass of water can sometimes be more satisfying than a cup of coffee or a soda. Despite this, too many of us do not drink enough water daily. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are constantly damaging our bodies. If you experience any of the following, you can improve your situation by starting with a glass of H2O.
1.Your Mouth is Dry
This seems pretty obvious, but the ramifications may not be. Of course, when you feel the sticky, uncomfortable feeling in your mouth, you would obviously reach for some kind of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a major problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, which continue to keep the mouth moist with saliva long after the first sip.
2. Your Skin is Dry
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full dehydration, which can lead to much bigger problems. Lack of water means lack of sweat, leading to the body’s inability to wash excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to ward off outbreaks, your first option should be to drink more water.
3.You’re Overly Thirsty
We already went over dry mouth, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who has ever had a hangover can tell you that your body cannot get enough water when you wake up. Alcohol dries out the whole body, and drinking water sends “YES PLEASE!” signals to the brain until your fluid levels return to baseline. Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it’s talking about!
4. Your Eyes Are Dry
Now it should be clear that drinking water affects more than just mouth and throat. Lack of water intake leads to dry, bloodshot eyes (think again of the last throbbing hangover). Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up. If you are thinking “So what if I can not cry?”, You need to realize that this can cause a lot more damage to your eyes, especially if you wear contacts daily.
5. You Experience Joint Pain
Our cartilage and spine consists of approx. 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to prevent our bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock by sudden movements, such as running, jumping or falling awkwardly.
6. Your Muscle Mass Decreases
Your muscles also consist mainly of water. Of course, less water in the body means less muscle mass. Drinking water before, during and after a workout not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable, it also brings water to the right places in your body and reduces the risk of developing inflammation and soreness related to exercise and weight lifting.
7. You Stay Sick Longer
Drinking water allows your body to continuously flush out toxins. Your bodies are working to filter our particular waste products like a machine, but if you do not burn the machine with water, it may not work properly. What ends up in a dehydrated body are organs that begin to draw water from stored areas like your blood, leading to a whole new set of problems.
8. You Feel Fatigued and Lethargic
As we just mentioned, when a body is dehydrated, it “borrows” water from your blood. Lack of properly hydrated blood leads to oxygen deficiency being brought through the body. Of course, lack of oxygen leads to drowsiness and direct fatigue. Lack of endurance means that you “start to experience that 14:00 goes down earlier and earlier in your day (and remember, coffee does not help in the long run).
9. You Experience Hunger Pangs
When you are dehydrated, your body may start to think it needs food. This happens all day and overnight when you wake up and want that midnight snack. But eating food creates more work for your body while drinking water cleanses and your organs and supplies it with the fuel it needs to undergo the other processes that a body undergoes.
10. You Experience Digestive Problems
We talked earlier about the mucus in the mouth and throat and how hydration keeps the membrane working properly. This also applies to the entire digestive system. Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach decreases, allowing stomach acid to do some major damage to your insides. This leads to what we often call heartburn and indigestion.
11. You Experience Constipation
As we said, staying hydrated helps lubricate the digestive system. During the dehydration process, the colon uses the water that would have been used by the intestines in the next step of the digestive process. Without going into too much detail, I will let you find out what lack of lubricant in the intestines leads to.
12. You Experience Reduced Urination
Believe it or not, if you don’t go to the bathroom 4-7 times a day, you probably don’t drink enough water. And when you go to number 1, it should have a light yellow or transparent color. If it is a darker yellow, your body will tell you that it lacks adequate hydration. In extreme cases, dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections. If so, consult a doctor immediately.
13. You Experience Premature Aging
The amount of water our body holds naturally decreases as we age. This, of course, means that as we age, we need to consciously increase our water intake. While premature aging is more evident from the outside, the damage it does to our inner selves will be felt over time. To reduce the risk of irritating your body, it is important to continue drinking water throughout your life.
14. You’re Reading This And Have Gotten This Far
I drink water all the time. I almost always have a glass or bottle of water next to me, whether I’m working out, exercising, or hitting in front of the TV. If you clicked on this article, chances are you were thinking to yourself “Hm, I don’t think I’m drinking enough water”. So if you don’t think about it, pour a glass right away! Sure, don’t overdo it, but if you don’t get the recommended amount (which is higher than you think), there’s no harm in drinking more. Excuse me, all this writing has made me thirsty.