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6 Signs You Need To Drink More Water

There are times when you'd much prefer to drink tea or juice but that isn't always what your body needs. Your body will send you precise signals to remind you that it needs to be hydrated. You would do well to know them!

Hydrating yourself with a glass of water frequently throughout the day is important in order to keep our bodies functioning properly like the machines that they are. Imagine it's like oiling the gears, otherwise they'd get stuck, and eventually everything would shut down. You'd be very unhealthy and very unhappy. But your body is trying to help you, listen to it.

Signals to look for

1. DRY MOUTH

This is perhaps the first sign of dehydration.
Your mouth and tongue will become dry and your through will feel uncomfortable.


2. DRY SKIN

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and like any other organ needs to be hydrated.

Dehydrated skin is less effective in reproducing itself and the signs will be visible on the face and possibly hands. Moreover, the scarcity of water in the skin means a scarcity of sweat which is important for removing excess mineral salts.


3. DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
In the same way as your throat, the intestine also needs to be constantly hydrated. The membranes that compose it need water to better protect themselves from the acids that pass through it and to better produce the mucus that breaks down what  eat.


4. CONSTIPATION
You have difficulty going to the toilet, an unpleasant feeling that can be caused by dehydration. The water allows a better intestinal process and therefore a better alleviation process. 


5. MUSCLE PAIN
Feet, calves, hands ... you get cramps at different times of the day?
These pains are a reaction to prolonged effort or may be a symptom of dehydration. Again the solution is to drink more water, possibly enriched with magnesium and potassium.

6. HUNGER
Your brain doesn't always make a clear distinction between thirst and hunger.
Being hungry even if you have eaten can be a sign of dehydration.
So before eating a snack, drink a glass of water and wait 5 minutes, probably the stimulus of hunger will disappear by itself.

How Much Water To Drink A Day

How much water should we be drinking a day?

Well, it depends on your personal characteristics and your lifestyle. Those who work in hot environments or with a lot of physical activity will need more water than someone in a cool office space. 

Approximately, we should each drink around 2 liters (a little more than half a gallon) every day. That's not to mention the water we consume through fruits and vegetables. 

An easy way to keep this under check is by monitoring your urine. If it is a light shade, it means you're hydrated, but if it becomes dark or cloudy, you need to drink more.

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