6 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water - Karen Salmansohn

6 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

If you’re not feeling at your best, you might want to know these signs that you’re not drinking enough water. In fact you might start to feel a lot better if you simply hydrate more. Read on…

Many of us are guilty of not drinking enough water. This can prevent our body from functioning at full capacity and can cause many health problems in the long run such as kidney damage, bowel issues, tooth decay and a greater risk of infection due to a lowered immune system.

As you might already know, I’m a bestselling health and wellness author – who literally wrote the book on how to live healthier.

My bestseller Life is Long shares a wide range of cutting edge research on improving immunity, boosting longevity and improving clarity of mind. In this particular article, I’m going to share the top signs you’re not drinking enough water.

6 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Below are some of the telltale signs that you’re not drinking enough water and that you need to hydrate immediately. 

1. Headaches

A dehydration headache is actually the result of your brain shrinking from fluid loss. Most people experience this type of headache after a heavy night of drinking as part of a typical ‘hangover’ – alcohol causes us to urinate excessively, draining the body of water.

However, this headache can also occur as a result of not drinking enough water throughout the day. If you frequently get headaches in the day, you may find that a lack of water is to blame. This guide at the Mayo Clinic delves into some of the other causes of headaches. 

2. Dry mouth

A dry mouth is another more obvious sign that you’re not drinking enough water. Constantly letting your mouth get dry isn’t good for your teeth. It allows bacteria to breed in the mouth causing bad breath and tooth decay. Consequently, you don’t want to let yourself get a dry mouth too often.

There are other causes of a dry mouth ranging from smoking to certain medicines – it could be worth talking to a doctor to get an official diagnosis if drinking more water doesn’t help.

3. Sugar cravings

If you’ve got a sugar craving, your body may not need sugar, but may actually need water instead. Water is necessary for turning glucose into energy – as a result, your body craves that glucose in the form of sugar.

These sugar cravings could lead you to consume excess amounts of sugar. This could lead to tooth decay. If excess sugar consumption has already led to tooth decay, it could be worth seeing a dentist such as Fox Valley Dental and treating this decay.

Meanwhile, to cut down on your sugar craving, it could be worth upping your water consumption – you could find that this helps considerably when reducing the need for sugar.

4. Pale skin

Water helps to get blood flowing around the body, giving us a rosier complexion. If your skin is looking pale, dehydration could be to blame. In the long run, chronic dehydration could also cause your skin to age more quickly, resulting in more wrinkles. 

5. Dark urine

Urine should be clear in color. If it’s a dark yellow or orange colour, it’s likely because you’re not drinking enough water.

In such cases, you could find that you’re also urinating less and that it has a stronger smell. Not drinking enough water could also increase your risk of developing UTIs

6. Constipation

Staying hydrated is also essential for keeping your digestive system flowing. If you’re not drinking enough water, you could find that you start to suffer from constipation.

On top of causing a lot of discomfort, frequent constipation can lead to many other gut problems. Keep your gut healthy by drinking lots of water throughout the day.

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