Our body is mainly composed of water which means the we need the liquid in order to survive. The blood contains 83% of water, the lungs are 90% water, while the kidneys and muscles contain 73% of water. We lose water through perspiration and urine in big amounts every day, and we must replenish it.
The recommended amount of water we should drink per day is 6-8 glasses, but the average around the world is 2 glasses per day. Men need about 3 l. of water a day, while women need 2.2 to stay hydrated. Drink anything less than that, and you may face serious consequences. Here are the main 10 symptoms of dehydration:
- Less frequent urination
In general, people pee 6-7 times a day. If you’re urinating less than that, you’re probably dehydrated and there’s less fluid available to excrete from the body. Our kidneys try to retain as much fluid as possible in order to prevent dehydration which makes them work harder than they need to. In order to prevent problems, we suggest drinking the recommended amount of water every day.
- Dark yellow urine
The normal color of the urine is yellow, so if you notice that it has changed to dark yellow, it means that you’re dehydrated. This is due to the lack of fluids in the kidneys, which excrete waste materials, toxins, red blood cells and protein in the urine which are then excreted from the body. Dark urine can also be a product of consuming reddish vegetables such as beets, B-Vitamins or asparagus. Consider this if you notice this problem first – if it isn’t caused by these things, you are surely dehydrated.
- Dry skin and pronounced wrinkles
Lack of water in the body will cause dry skin and promote wrinkles. Both problems may be caused by other factors as well, but before you spend money on expensive treatments and products, try increasing your water intake first. Dr. Diana Howard, a popular dermatologist says that dehydration is to blame for skin inflammation, itching, sensitive skin and irritation. Once the skin loses moisture, the cells shrivel and make the skin look older, and the best way to nourish your skin is to drink more water. Watch the video below to learn how to prepare a fine natural DIY moisturizer:
Constipation is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. When the body isn’t properly hydrated it will try and absorb water from everywhere it can, including the colon. In order for the colon to pass stools, there has to be some water in it, so lack of water will make your stool harder to pass. In order to treat and prevent constipation, make sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day and eat some fiber-rich foods as well.
As the body tries to preserve water and reabsorb it from anywhere it can, lack of the liquid in the body may lead to headaches. This occurs due to the brain losing moisture and shrinking and pulling away from the skull, effectively triggering pain receptors and causing headaches.
- Thirst and dry mouth
Feeling thirsty is a sign that you are already dehydrated. Besides the excessive thirst, you may also experience dry mouth which means that you need to start drinking water immediately.
- Joint pain
Water is a lubricant for our joints and allows bones to slide when the joints move. If the body is lacking water, the joint will be left deficient of nutrients and may cause damage to the cartilage. If you’re dehydrated, the cartilage may be damaged beyond repair which will result in joint pain.
According to one scientific study, lack of water in the body is responsible for fatigue as well. The blood volume rises in cases of dehydration and the heart works harder to pump blood, which results in tiredness. So, the next time you’re suddenly tired, avoid the cup of coffee or energy drink and drink a glass of water instead.
- Weakened immune system
Dehydration increases the amount of toxins in the blood, which can attack your immune system and weaken it. This is why drinking water is essential for prevention of different ailments.
- Hunger and weight gain
Our body is a smart complex machine, but it’s also glitchy and can’t tell thirst from hunger. The hypothalamus (the part of the brain responsible for regulation of hunger and thirst) is often confused and may respond to thirst with hunger. So, the next time you’re feeling hungry, put the sandwich down and take a glass of water instead. This will also prevent you from overeating and the subsequent weight gain.
You’re not sick, you’re thirsty!
Not all drinks are hydrating for the body, but water is. Coffee, soda, alcohol and commercial fruit juice can dehydrate the body instead of keeping it hydrated due to their high sugar and caffeine content. According to Dr. Batmangelidi, some so-called “diseases” respond great to drinking water, which means that they’re not diseases at all – they are merely caused by lack of water in the body. Dr. Batmangelidi’s research has identified diabetes, asthma, joint pain and some cardiovascular diseases as dependent on water intake.
If you want to improve your overall health, you need to drink more water. Make sure to stick to the recommended amount and always take a bottle with you wherever you go.