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Five signs you need to drink more water

Water is an essential part of our body. In fact almost 70% of our bodies consist of water. We must consume a minimum of two litres daily so that all our bodily functions remain well oiled, or in this case, well watered and work like clockwork. Most of us try and tend to drink at least two litres everyday but sometimes for some reason it may not always be possible. Not only that our bodies sometimes require more than the recommended two litres.

Nature has designed our bodies in such a way that if anything is wrong your body does tell you about it; that is if you listen to it carefully. That is why it is very important to stay in tune with your body. Being aware of any changes in your body may save your life one day.

If for any reason we are drinking less water than our body requirements, our body always sends a message out that they are dehydrated.  Here I will discuss the five symptoms to look out for when you body is telling you it might be dehydrated.

  1. DRY MOUTH

This is usually the most common sign that your body is demanding water.  When you suffer from dryness in the mouth, it is better to drink water rather than juice or a fizzy drink. They are just temporary solutions and the dryness will return within a few minutes. Drink water and quench that thirst for a longer period. The water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth and mucus, which in turn will keep your mouth moist with saliva for a longer period.

  1. YOU FEEL TIRED AND LETHARGIC

When you do not give your body enough water it looks for alternatives to replenish that supply. It does so by “borrowing” water from your blood. Your blood then becomes “dehydrated” and this lead to a shortage of oxygen in the blood.  When this happens you feel sleepy, tired and lethargic.

  1. INFREQUENT URINATION WHICH IS DARK YELLOW

If you realize you are not going to the toilet as often as you should and when you do eventually go the urine is a dark yellow colour, start drinking water. This is again your body’s way of communicating with you that it needs more water. Listen to it. Dehydration can also lead to urinary tract infections.  If you think you may be suffering from it, seek medical advice.

  1. CONSTIPATION

This is a result of clogged pipes. Water aids in the movement of food waste through your bowels in readiness for excretion. If you do not drink enough water, your system will not be able to move that waste out, resulting in constipation.

  1. YOU FEEL HUNGRY ALL THE TIME

When you are dehydrated, your body may think it needs more food, hence signaling the brain to pass on the message to you. If you do have such a system try drinking some water first and see if the hunger pangs subside after a few minutes. If they do then you were surely dehydrated.

Wake yourself up with a refreshing glass of water every morning. You will notice the difference in the way your body perks up.

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