Why it is important to stay hydrated
Drinking is just as important for your health as eating, so much so in fact, that our bodies are made up of 60% water. Therefore, it’s important to stay hydrated all day long in order to keep our bodies working and running smoothly. But what are the risks of not staying hydrated? Kidney stones, urinary infections, migraines and even problems with your heart…
The website Healthline recommends we drink around 2 litres of water a day:
Health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres, or half a gallon. […] Most foods are also loaded with water. Meat, fish, eggs and especially fruits and vegetables all contain significant amounts of water. […] Together, coffee or tea and water-rich foods can help maintain your fluid balance.
Of course, this quantity varies depending on the person’s age and how much physical activity they do. For example, older people, infants and athletes need to consume more water than most.
5 signs that mean you’re not drinking enough water
1. You’re often hungry
If you eat properly but you’re still always hungry, it’s possible that your body is telling you that you need to drink more water. To find out if this is the case, drink two big glasses of water when you’re hungry. If this hunger goes away after 30 minutes, it means you just needed to drink more.
2. You get headaches
The cells in your body are also made up of water. However, when you’re dehydrated, it can become difficult for your cells to work properly and for your body to send message signals to your brain. That’s when you start to get headaches. Sometimes, instead of taking paracetamol, all you need to do is drink a few glasses of water. Give it a try!
3. You find it difficult to concentrate
Another consequence of being dehydrated is that you find it difficult to concentrate. If your brain isn’t getting enough water, it will start to work slower as a result. There will also be less fluid in your blood, making it more difficult for the blood to flow around the body. Therefore, you will find it more difficult to think and form clear ideas. Remember to drink often, especially if you’re doing something important.
4. You have dry skin
Is your skin dry despite all the lotions and potions you put on every day? The answer doesn’t necessarily lie in the quality of your cosmetics. Your skin needs to be hydrated and creams are only an extra. If your skin is still very dry and not as resilient as it should be, it’s because you’re not drinking enough water.
5. You don’t go to the toilet very often
Unsurprisingly, if you don’t drink enough water, you’re not going to need the toilet very often. In fact, your body will instead try to keep hold of and conserve the little water that it has. So watch out for this, since it could be a sign that you need to drink more water.
If remembering to stay hydrated doesn’t come very easily to you despite all these warning signs, consider downloading an app that will remind you to drink every hour or so, or maybe think about setting an alarm on your phone.