The human body consists of 60% water. It is very important for the normal functioning of the body and metabolic processes. However, you will lose water through sweat, urination, and breathing. Therefore, you should drink enough water regularly to stay hydrated.
Not drinking enough water can lead to extreme fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems, in addition to feeling generally dehydrated. Chronic dehydration weakens your immune system. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 21 signs you’re not drinking enough water.
If you experience any of these symptoms, the first step is to increase your daily water intake.
A sign that you are not drinking enough water
Water is so important to our body’s functions that its lack can cause a number of problems. Here are the most common signs of dehydration that indicate you need to drink more water
- Constant thirst
First, let’s look at the signs of dehydration and thirst. You may experience extreme thirst that won’t go away with just a sip or swallow of water. Your body is trying to tell you that it hasn’t had enough water for a while, so you need to quench this thirst as soon as possible.
- Persistent bad smell
By staying properly hydrated, you help your salivary glands produce more saliva, which removes bacteria from your mouth. When you are dehydrated, saliva production is limited, which helps bacteria grow in the gums and between teeth. This can lead to chronic bad breath.
- Diminished urine/dark urine
Your kidneys need water to function properly and flush out toxins from your system. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys will retain more water, causing you to urinate less. Not only that, the next time you pee, it contains more toxins, making it darker in color and smelling stronger.
- Constant hunger and cravings for sugar
Without adequate water intake, your body will have trouble making energy from glucose stores. As a result, you will be hungry and start craving sweet foods like chocolate, cookies, and candies. If this happens to you, i.e. you are still hungry after eating, it is a sign that you are dehydrated.