Signs You Should Drink More Water Right Now
At least two-thirds of your body is made up
of water and it plays an essential role in
our normal functions.
So when your body becomes dehydrated, it can
lead to a number of ailments.
Explaining it further, three-quarters of your
brain is made up of water and about 83 percent
of your lungs are made up of water as well.
This is a clear indication that drinking a
sufficient amount of water is more important
than it seems.
Water nourishes the bones, keeping them strong;
it regulates body temperature, and also nourishes
the brain and spinal cord.
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Dehydration Shrinks Your Brain: Because three-quarters
of your brain is made up of water, it only
makes sense that when you become dehydrated;
your brain shrinks in volume.
This is one of the main causes of headaches.
Even a mild or temporary dehydration has the
ability to alter your brain function and make
a direct impact on your mood.
A 2013 study was conducted that featured 20
women in their 20’s who were deprived of
every beverage for 24 hours.
Their thirst and heart rate saw an, and their
urine output was reduced.
Urine: The average amount of times people
urinate is between four to seven times per
If you urinate less than four times, or not
at all, you need to be drinking more water.
The color of your urine is the easiest way
to determine if you’re dehydrated.
The more water your body has for your kidneys
to mix with waste products, the lighter your
urine will be.
You should be consuming enough water so your
urine is a light yellow color.
If your urine is a dark color, it means that
your kidneys are working extra hard to remove
the waste in your body to prevent further
Another way to determine dehydration is by
the odor of your urine.
Your urine should be relatively odorless,
depending on the food you consume.
The more concentrated your urine is from the
removal of waste products, the more it will
smell of ammonia.
In regards to mood affects, the research team
had this to say ““The significant effects
of [fluid deprivation] on mood included decreased
alertness and increased sleepiness, fatigue
The most consistent effects of mild dehydration
on mood are on sleep/wake parameter.”
The good news from the study is that within
20 minutes of consuming water, these effects
were quickly reversed.
As a parent, if you notice that your kids
are struggling with fatigue and frequent mood
swings, try having them drink a significant
amount of water on a daily basis and see if
that has any affect.
Children are more susceptible to dehydration
because of all the sweet drinks that they
A Harvard study backs up these claims.
The study found that half of American children
are dehydrated, which can lead to repercussions
in their academic performance.
Out of the half, about one-quarter do not
drink water on a daily basis.
The study also found that boys were 75 percent
more likely to become dehydrated than girls.
Headaches: Headaches that are suffered from
dehydration are quickly alleviated once you
If you consume cold water, it actually absorbs
20 percent faster than lukewarm or tepid water.
If you find that you seem to get headaches
all the time, it may just be that you are
not drinking enough water.
If you find that you drink lots of sugary
drinks like soda or juice, try to cut them
out of your diet.
Try to incorporate more water into your daily
routine and see if you continue to get bad
If you notice that your headaches have seemed
to diminish or disappear altogether, it may
just be that you were dehydrated all along.
Of course, it is always best to visit your
doctor and ask for his or her professional
opinion if you have chronic headaches that
do not go away even if you have started drinking
Dehydration Can Impair Your Driving: Because
dehydration reduces your cognitive functions,
these declines can have serious ramifications
when you’re driving an automobile.
Recent research shows that dehydrated drivers
make twice the mistakes during a two-hour
drive compared to dehydrated drivers.
The study tested drivers who drank 200 ml
of water per hour, compared to 25 ml of water
that was drank by dehydrated drivers.
During the hydrated test, 47 errors were made.
However, when the dehydrated driving test
was conducted, that number rose to 101 errors.
That same number was equal to those who are
sleep deprived when driving or at the drink-drive
Your Entire Body Suffers When You are Dehydrated:
Your entire body suffers when your dehydrated.
Even moderate dehydration has enough power
to produce an imbalance in your equilibrium.
After you lose one to two percent of your
fluid, you become thirsty.
However, at this point you are already dehydrated
and it’s already affecting your function.
Now that you know what signs to look for that
you should drink more water, here are some
of the most common signs that you are actually
Symptoms of long-term dehydration or more
severe dehydration include rapid heart rate,
high cholesterol, signs of premature aging
such as dry skin, and low blood pressure.
Consuming as little as 16 ounces of water
a day can raise your metabolic rate as high
as 30 percent.
Using thirst as a measure of determining when
your body is dehydrated is one of the best
measures of determining if you are dehydrated.
Another common way to tell is if you have
excessive hunger– mainly sugar cravings
In fact, sugar cravings are one of the first
telltale signs of dehydration.
Other signs that are strong indicators that
you need to drink more water include the following:
fatigue/dizziness, poor concentration, muscle
cramps, dry skin or itchy mouth, and low urine
How to Assess Your Hydration Level: After
emptying your bladder, drink 11 ml of water
per kilogram of your body weight.
Wait an hour after drinking it then urinate
into a collection cup.
If your urination is a lot less than the total
amount of water you have drank, than it means
your body is retaining water, meaning you
Drink Pure Water Everyday: Your body can go
a long way without sufficient food, but it
cannot operate without sufficient amounts
Consider this: your body has about 11 gallons
of water, which accounts for 50 to 70 percent
of your body weight.
Your blood consists of 85 percent, your muscles
80 percent and your brain 75 percent.
Simply put, it’s crucial that you try and
maintain a high level of water intake in your
The hard part though is maintaining a consistent
consumption amount that will take some fine-tuning.
Certain circumstances such as age, activity
level and climate can vary the amount you
need to consume.
If you want to start drinking more water,
start by drinking a large cup of water the
moment you wake up, and continue to drink
water throughout the day.
You will notice that you will have to urinate
frequently, but it’s for your own good!
Do any of the signs in this video seem familiar
How much water do you drink every day?
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