We all know water is essential for life, and most of us stay hydrated, for the most part; but what happens when we don’t drink enough water?
Our bodies should let us know when we become dehydrated, but not always. The most obvious sign is extreme thirst. Sipping on water usually eliminates the threat, but we may not always realize we are in danger, and before we know it, it is too late to treat it ourselves.
Knowing the signs of dehydration can keep a minor problem from becoming a major one.
• Less frequent urination
• Dark-colored urine
If you experience any (or all) of these symptoms, especially if you are ill to begin with, you should contact your physician.
University Health News recommend that the average adult drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, more for athletes, or if you are trying to lose weight.
Though fluids can be obtain in several ways, including foods and beverages (although coffee and soda are not recommended), water is still the number one choice among experts to hydrate your body.
Water helps maintain blood volume and allows proper circulation. It helps regulate our body’s temperature and acts as a shock absorber for our joints. It also helps lubricate the linings of our inner organs
There are several other benefits to stay hydrated, too. Water can protect you against getting kidney stones, urinary tract infections, coronary heart disease, and some cancers. It can help your skin stay hydrated, too, especially during the winter months when the weather can dry it out.
Drinking enough water every day can assist in losing weight, helps elevate your mood, helps to prevent disease, and improve overall physical performance, according to healthline.com. Staying hydrated can reduce fatigue and prevent headaches, too.
Many complain that the more they drink, the more they have to run to the bathroom; but it’s a small price to pay for maintaining a healthy habit, which can help you live a better quality of life.