Drinking water is essential to good health. It is suggested that the average person drink 8 glasses of water per day, and more in the summer (especially if exercising.) For most people, thirst is the first sign that they should drink more liquids, but that’s not the only way to indicate the need for water. The following are also signs that a person needs to drink more water:
Food cravings. It’s possible a person may experience cravings for certain foods (especially sweets) when they are dehydrated. The liver uses water to release glycogen for energy stores. When dehydrated, releasing the energy stores may become difficult, and cravings for food may be the result.
Dry skin. Dehydration can cause dry skin. When the skin is dry, it produces more oil, which can increase the risk of breakouts, dry patches and skin irritation.
Bad breath. Dehydration can lead to a decrease in saliva, which can lead to an increase of bacteria in the mouth.
Headaches. Dehydration can cause headaches, with some experts believing they can cause migraines.
Dark colored urine. Dark urine is a sign a person needs to drink more water.
Dry, chapped lips. Dry lips can be a sign of dehydration. Surprisingly, licking the lips can increase the dryness.
Drinks that Dehydrate.
An easy assumption is that we can drink practically anything to quench our thirst. In actuality, there are many popular beverages that can increase our risk of dehydration:
For best results, drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you’re hungry or thirsty to drink water. Your body will thank you.
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