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.
In order to remain moist and supple, the skin needs water. Dry, fragile skin indicates dangerous levels of dehydration.
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.
Thirst may make you irritable and short tempered. When you are in a bad mood without a good reason, you may be dehydrated.
Excessive tiredness and low energy may indicate that your body is not getting enough water, and so reduces function to preserve moisture.
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.
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.
Lightheadedness and dizziness is another warning that you may be dehydrated.
Symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration:
Fast or weak pulse
Poor skin elasticity
Low blood pressure
Severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back
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
Urinary Tract Infections
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.