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9 Telling Signs You do Not Drink Enough Water ...

By Jennifer

The signs you do not drink enough water are often easily confused with symptoms of something else, so it can be confusing to know if you’re suffering from dehydration or simply a migraine… but I can help! If you’re experiencing more than two of the following, then you might be dehydrated, and it’s time to have some water, sweetie! Here are 9 telling signs that you do not drink enough water.

1 Dry Mouth

If your mouth is dry, chances are, you’re at least mildly dehydrated, and it’s time for a drink. Keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go, and sip from it often. Keep in mind that some medications can also cause dry mouth, so if you’re experiencing just this one sign that you do not drink enough water, it could just be a side effect from a drug, not from actual dehydration.

2 Headache

A mild to moderate headache, especially when combined with one or more of these other symptoms of dehydration, can be another sign you do not drink enough water. If it seems like you’re always suffering from a slight headache, your body is probably trying to tell you to drink more water!

3 Peek in the Potty

Okay, this may sound a little gross, but people who are suffering from dehydration have darker-colored urine… so check the potty when you pee. If your urine is dark yellow or worse, dark brown, then you’re probably dehydrated. Drink more water!

4 Dizziness

Dizziness or vertigo is another sign you do not drink enough water. Again, this symptom of dehydration can be caused by other things, like medication or sleepiness, but if you feel it in combination with other symptoms on this list, you could also be dehydrated.

5 Hunger

Did you know that sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re actually thirsty? Slight hunger pangs are another sign that you do not drink enough water. Before you grab a snack, try drinking a glass of water. If your hunger pangs recede, chances are, you weren’t really hungry, you were thirsty!

6 Sleepy

Lethargy and overall sleepiness is another sign you do not drink enough water. This is your body’s way of slowing down to conserve water, so listen! To perk up, and give your body what it needs, drink a cool glass of water, slowly, and see if that helps.

7 Dry Skin

Dry skin is another symptom of dehydration. If it seems like you’re always applying lotion or lip balm, and you’re still flaky and dry, you could be dehydrated. Remember, healthy skin is hydrated skin… drink up!

8 Increased Heart Rate

A rapid, fluttery heartbeat is another sign you do not drink enough water, and one of the scariest. Keep well-hydrated. How much water do you need to drink in a day? The average person needs 64 ounces (that’s 8 small glasses) every day.

9 Thirsty!

Finally, of course, the most logical sign you do not drink enough water — you’re thirsty! If you’re well-hydrated but always thirsty, it could be a sign of diabetes, but if you’re always thirsty and you know you don’t drink enough water, well, what are you waiting for? Drink up!

If you suffer from more than two of these signs you do not drink enough water, then you may really be dehydrated, so grab a glass and get hydrated, now! None of these symptoms are pleasant, so why torture yourself? Get to the tap, carry a bottle, or become a drinking fountain fanatic… but stay hydrated! Do you drink enough water? How can you tell when you’re getting dehydrated? Do tell!

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