Water is an important for us to survive as it
keeps the inner workings of our body in top
shape. Water keeps us hydrated only in its
Water adjusts the body’s temperature and
assists in digestion. Not only that, but it
assists in removing toxins from the body
and also makes necessary body fluids. The
chemical reactions that support life take
place in a water medium, with water being
an important reactant or product of these
So if you don’t drink enough water, it can
lead to serious complications. Remember
coffee, tea, juice and energy drinks do not
count as fluid requirements of the body. In
fact, coffee and energy drinks are high in
caffeine, which dehydrates the body.
Though your body can tell when you need
water, here are some signs that you do not
drink enough water in a day.
1. Frequency of urination
On an average, a health person urinates 6-7
times a day. This number varies from
person to person as some drink more water
But if you tend to urinate less than 2-3
times in a day and have not urinated in
several hours, this might be an indication of
you not drinking enough amount of water.
Not drinking enough water, may cause
difficulties for your kidneys to filter out
Hence drink enough amount of water per
day, for your body requires it to function
2. Dry Skin
Even your skin requires water as it keeps
the skin smooth and shiny. A healthy skin is
always hydrated. A hydrated skin will be soft
to touch and also will not be dry.
A dry skin is an indicator of dehydration and
skin devoid of water. Another indicator is
your skin still is dry even after you using
ample amount of lotion or balms to keep it
wet. Try and drink few glasses of water
every hour in a day. This will keep your skin
healthy and wonderfully smooth and soft.
You will know when your headaches occur
due to dehydration when they lack the
common characteristics associated with a
normal headache. But you can identify this
type of headache if it gets aggravated with
When you move up and down stairs, bend
down to pick up something or move to fast,
the pain worsens. This kind of headache is
sign that your body is dehydrated and it
requires water. This may have happened
when you have sweated a lot, but have
ignored to drink any fluids.
Immediately drink some fluids slowly and
take it a bit easy.
4. Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is mostly caused by decrease of
saliva build up in the mouth. Constant
presence of dry mouth can cause permanent
throat and mouth disorders.
Dry mouth can be caused due to less
presence of water in the body or by intake
of medicines that may cause less production
of saliva in the mouth. If you constantly
suffer from dry mouth, keep a bottle of
water with you can keep drinking water at
regular periods of time.
5. Color of the urine
One major sign of dehydration is change in
the color of your urine. If you are well
hydrated, the color of your urine will be
clear, but if you are suffering from
dehydration, you will notice significant
change in the color of the urine.
And if the color of urine keeps getting
darker, it means your body requires
immediate supply of water. As you can see
in the image below, there are different
colors of urine and the brown color means
that you are dehydrated. But beware of
drinking too much water too fast, as it may
make you sick. Drink water slowly so that
body gradually replenishes water in the
When you are feeling hungry suddenly even
after you have eaten, it may not be your
body craving for that snack, it could be that
you are dehydrated.
Sometimes the body mistakes thirst for
hunger. So before you go for that tasty
snack, try and take a drink of water. If it
satisfies your hunger, it was not really a
hunger pang, just your body asking for
Sometimes body loses so much fluid, that
you may sometimes experience lightness in
your head. Fluid build up in your inner ear
can cause dizziness, despite dehydration.
Try drinking a glass of water after you
experience some balance. This condition is
very common among athletes who stay in
the sun for long.
8. Bonus: Symptoms of
There are some other symptoms of
dehydration, which are form of more chronic
dehydration. These symptoms are often
overlooked for the more visible and far more
experienced form of dehydration.
These symptoms are:
Urinary Tract Infections
Constipation or heart burn
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