17 Signs that You are Dehydrated & Reasons to Drink More Water

17 Signs that You are Dehydrated & Reasons to Drink More Water

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Yes we live in Calgary.

And yes, it`s dry here. Like a cornflake kind of dry.

But the dry climate of YYC isn`t always to blame for everything! Many people are under-hydrated and don`t even recognize is. Why is water so important for our health?

Dehydration can be a complex thing with several warning signs. Water makes up approximately two-thirds of our body. It plays a large part in your normal functions, such as lubricating your joints and eyes, keeping your skin healthy by eliminating toxins, and facilitating proper digestion. Here are 17 ways to know you are dehydrated and why you want to do something about it:

7 Signs of dehydration:

1.  Increased thirst- um, yes, you feel thirsty! 
2.  Dry mouth- also known as the pasties
3.  Tired or sleepy- tired at the office?  Have a water before a coffee
4.  Decreased urine output - your body is trying to conserve its fluids, so will decrease volume.  You urine may also be amore concentrated yellow.
5.  Headache- again, with an oncoming headache, try a glass of water and wait 20 minute before popping an aspirin.
6.  Dry skin- imagine how much money we could save if we drank water instead of slathered our skin with scented creams?
7.  Dizziness- especially when you change positions from sitting to standing
8.  Few or no tears- an especially telling sign in young children who may not be able to communicate with words.
 

 

10 Reasons to Drink Plenty of Water during the day 

1.  Water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water. 

2.  Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite. 
3.  Water is necessary to maintain energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is mild dehydration. 
4.  For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can signicantly reduce joint and/or back pain because water is necessary for cartilage repairs. 

5.  Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease. 
6.  Water naturally moisturizes and ensures proper hydration of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance. 
7.  Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation
8.  Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation
9.  Stay healthy – all our organs need water to function, without it the body has to work harder. 
10. Know that you're getting enough! How to calculate the appropriate amount of water -  take your weight in pounds, divide by 2 and that’s the number of ounces of water you should be taking in a day.  Ex. 150 lb person should aim for 75 oz of water per day.
 
So folks, bottoms up! Water is the foundation to good health. Do your calculations and start including water in your daily routine!
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