7 Warning Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water

We’ve all heard that the human body is primarily composed of water and that we need to consume a certain amount in order to survive.
Your muscles and kidneys are composed of 73% water; your blood is composed of 83% water; your lungs are 90% water and your brain is made-up of 76% water. We lose water when we breathe and daily through urine and sweat so replenishment is crucial. Here are 7 Warning Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water.
1.Your Urine is Dark Yellow
This is often the first sign that you are not drinking enough water. Generally, urine should be a light yellow-amber color. When a person does not consume enough-water, the kidneys excrete a “higher concentration of waste products in the urine, including dead blood-cells, toxins, proteins and other products that need to be removed from the body”, resulting in darker-urine.
2.Your Urine Output is Reduced
Most people urinate between 6-7 times within a 24-hour period. When you don’t drink enough water, there is less-fluid available to replace the fluids being excreted from the body. The kidneys attempt to retain as much fluid as possible to prevent dehydration. If you urinate less than 6-times a day, consider your water-intake and increase if necessary.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation, and constipation can often be resolved by increasing water-intake. If you are not fully hydrated, your body will try to absorb water from wherever it can, including your colon. A sufficient amount of water in the large intestine is crucial for soft, easy-to-pass stools. Naturally, a lack of water will lead to harder-stools that are difficult to pass.
4.Thirst and Dry Mouth
Believe it or not, feeling thirsty for water is a sign that you are already slightly dehydrated. A dry-mouth often occurs with thirst and signifies that the mucus membranes in the body need hydration. The only way to resolve thirst and a dry-mouth is to drink water throughout the day.
According to a 2011 study, mild-dehydration can cause fatigue, tiredness and low-energy. When you’re dehydrated and the blood-volume decrease, the heart has to work harder to push oxygen and nutrients through the body. Next-time you start to feeling tired, skip the coffee (which is dehydrating!) and drink a glass of water instead. Coffee, tea, soda and sports drinks are not substitutes for water.
Water acts as a lubricant to the joints, allowing two bones to slide over each other as the joint-moves. When the body doesn’t receive enough water, the joint becomes nutrient deficient leading to damage of the cartilage-cells. If you are chronically-dehydrated, your cells will eventually reach a tipping-point and the cartilage will degenerate beyond repair. If you suffer from joint-pain, be mindful of your water intake and increase if necessary.
7.Weak Immune-System
Dehydration increases the concentration of toxins in the blood, which can weaken the immune-system. Optimal-hydration is essential in assisting in the elimination of any illness byproducts and helps the immune-system ward off infection.
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