You are most likely already aware that the human body is made up of about 60 percent water.
While we human beings know this to be true, and we understand how important hydration is from head to toe, it can be so difficult to find the time to hydrate.
As we dive in further to signs that you may be dehydrated, it's important to understand that there’s no standard for how much every human should drink. The amount of water taken in throughout the day differs for everyone, based on height, weight, and activity level. If you have any questions on how much you should personally drink, you can click here for a full explanation.
When you get enough water on a daily basis, it helps regulate body temperature, provides joint support, protects sensitive tissues, and keeps your kidneys and liver healthy.
On the other hand, dehydration makes it hard for your body to get rid of waste through urination, bowel movements, and sweating.
When this occurs the following symptoms can begin popping up as dehydration sets in:
- Extreme thirst
- Dry Skin
- Muscle cramps
- Less frequent urination
- Dark-colored urine
- Rapid breathing
- Bad breath
- Food cravings, especially sweets
Of course, there are other reasons you may be experiencing any of the above. However, if you're pretty certain you're dehydrated, it's extremely important to take action.
I'm the first to admit that life gets so very busy, and it's easy to forget to hydrate. It's all about creating a habit that sticks.
This may mean investing in a water bottle you love, setting a timer to remind you to drink every hour, and even investing in a great water drinking tracker like WaterMinder. A good rule of thumb is to drink 2-3 glasses of water every 60 minutes, and you're set to go!
I can personally testify that when you fill your body with clean, refreshing water it makes such a difference in how you feel, look, and even sleep at night. All it takes is a little love and discipline, and you're on your way!