Should You Be Drinking More Water?

Water is one sustenance that we cannot live without — but when it comes to our health, how do we know if we are drinking enough? Here are warning signs you may be lacking optimal hydration and need to take in more H2O.

Signs of Dehydration

Dehydration can cause a host of avoidable health problems such as urinary infections and heat exhaustion. Here are some dehydration warning signs:

  • Dry mouth
  • Urinating infrequently
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Skin feels dry
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps

Symptoms of Severe Dehydration

  • Extremely dark yellow urine
  • Overly dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat and/or breathing
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleepiness
  • Feeling confused
  • Irritability
  • Fainting spells

Benefits of Drinking Water

Not only is water a thirst quencher and feels fantastic when we drink it after a good sweat, but the abundance of health benefits include the following:

  • Lubricates joints
  • Prevents premature wrinkling
  • Increases brain function and health
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Helps flush out body waste
  • Sustains blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of developing kidney stones
  • Increases exercise performance
  • Aids in weight loss

Tips to Stay Hydrated

With work, school, and plenty of social events, it can be easy to forget your recommended daily intake. Here are some healthy habits to adopt to ensure you are taking in enough H2O:

  • Keep a water bottle at your work desk and refill when necessary.
  • Snack on non-starchy fruits and vegetables such as grapes, watermelons, cucumbers, and celery.
  • Have at least one glass of water when you wake up, before you go to bed, and with each meal.
  • Drink water before, during and after your workout.
  • Mistaking hunger for thirst is not uncommon. Drinking water when you are feeling hungry can help you control meal portions as well since you'll feel fuller.

Drinks to Avoid for Better Hydration

Regularly consuming drinks high in sugar can not only lead to obesity, but some may even reverse the effects of hydration. Steer clear of the following beverages:

  • Energy drinks
  • Sugary drinks like sodas and bottled teas
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Alcohol

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