Here are the signs that your body sends when you are not drinking enough water

Water is one of the essential elements for life on this planet - and in your body.

Its a piece of information we have all heard: 70% of the human body is composed of water. Water is essential to our health and wellbeing, and our bodies cannot function without it, revealed Shared.com on the 17th of April 2018

Our organism consumes and 'loses' water constantly through our normal bodily functions, like perspiration, and urine. If we do not consume enough water to replace the loss, we can start to suffer from numerous health-threatening conditions, and if the conditions persist we may put our lives in danger.

Luckily our bodies give out signals that indicate insufficient hydration, and here are the symptoms you should be on the look-out for:

Changed Color of The Urine

The change of color of the urine can be a warning sign that not enough water is being consumed. If the urine becomes darker you should immediately increase the intake of water.

Frequency Of Urination

If you urinate less than 2-3 times a day you should drink more water. Water is essential to the kidneys for filtering out the waste and the toxins from your blood.

Dry Skin

In order to remain moist and supple, the skin needs water. Dry, fragile skin indicates dangerous levels of dehydration. 

Hunger

The body may send out the signal that it is hungry when what it is really craving is water. When you feel hungry, have a drink of water first.

Irritability

Thirst may make you irritable and short tempered. When you are in a bad mood without a good reason, you may be dehydrated.

Fatigue

Excessive tiredness and low energy may indicate that your body is not getting enough water, and so reduces function to preserve moisture.

Headaches

Headaches are another sign of dehydration. They may be triggered by suddenly rising to your feet, bending down to pick something up, or strenuous exercise.

Dry Mouth

A dry mouth is a clear indication of dehydration and can lead to damage of the tissues of the throat and mouth.

Cramps in The Arms And Legs

Dehydration might also lead to muscle cramps in the arms and legs especially after exercise.

Dizziness

Lightheadedness and dizziness is another warning that you may be dehydrated. 

Symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration:

Fast or weak pulse

Sunken eyes

Poor skin elasticity

Low blood pressure

Fainting

Stomach Bloating

Severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back

Convulsions

Heart failure

Sunken fontanelle

Sunken dry eyes, with few or no tears

Skin loses its firmness and looks wrinkled

Rapid and deep breathing 

Symptoms of chronic dehydration:

High cholesterol levels

Confusion

Anxiety

Heartburn

Constipation

Urinary Tract Infections

Premature aging

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All these problems can be avoided by drinking 8 glasses of water a day. If you live in a hot climate, or practice strenuous exercise, or have a job that involves hard physical labor, you may want to drink more water throughout the day.

Keeping healthy may e as simple as drinking a glass of water.