10 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water (HEALTH WARNING)

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Are you drinking enough water? Here are some of the hidden symptoms of dehydration that you need to look out for to ensure that your body gets enough water to remain fit and healthy. By the time you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated. Here’s how to make sure you get enough water every day.



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So the question is “what are the symptoms of dehydration?”. Here are 10 signs you’re not drinking enough water…

Ok so feeling thirsty sounds like an obvious place to start, but did you know that feeling thirsty is actually a result of specific hormones being released?

Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) is responsible for regulating the amount of water in your blood. When you don’t drink enough water and you begin to become dehydrated, ADH is released by the pituitary gland. It signals the kidneys to conserve more water as the blood is filtered, and the brain to create a sense of thirst, prompting you to drink more water.

So by the time you actually feel noticeably thirsty, your body has already begun the process of guarding itself against dehydration.

I mentioned the kidneys a moment ago. One of the biggest roles of the kidneys is to filter the blood and remove toxins and waste products. These are then removed from the body along with excess water when we urinate.

If you’re not drinking enough water, the kidneys will return more water to your blood, to help maintain your fluid and electrolyte balance. That means that your urine will contain less water and a higher concentration of the toxins and waste products.

Not only will you need to go to the bathroom less often, but you will notice that your urine looks a more concentrated, darker color, and smells more strongly.

Not drinking enough water will also have an effect on your skin. If you become dehydrated, you may notice that your skin will start looking dry, flaky and any lines and wrinkles may become more pronounced. These are all a result of your skin cells not getting sufficient water.

Dehydrated skin also loses some of its elasticity. A simple test for dehydration is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand and quickly release it. If your skin doesn’t immediately fall back into place and instead leaves a crease, it’s an indication that you are dehydrated and need to drink more water.

Let’s not forget how important water is when it comes to removing toxins and waste products from your body. If you’re not drinking enough water, you may notice the effect toxin build up has on your skin in the form of acne and pimples.

Another unpleasant warning sign that you’re not drinking enough water is if you develop persistent bad breath.

Proper hydration helps your salivary glands to produce enough saliva, which plays an important role in managing the bacteria in your mouth.

If saliva production is slowed through dehydration, bacteria in your gums and between your teeth can thrive and, if left unchecked, can lead to chronic bad breath.

Water plays a key role in your body’s ability to convert glucose into energy. As a result of dehydration, you may feel more hungry than usual and experience frequent sugar cravings.

If you notice that despite eating, you still feel hungry, you may actually be dehydrated. So perhaps pour yourself a glass of water, rather than reaching for the cookie jar!

So, do you think you’re drinking enough water?



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ABOUT ME: I’m James Dunne, a runner, sports rehabilitation therapist (similar to physical therapist) and coach based in the UK (Norwich and London).

Since 2007 I’ve been working with athletes focusing specifically on helping distance runners and triathletes overcome injury and improve performance through developing their individual running technique.

Running biomechanics and physical therapy are real passions of mine. I love to help runners run strong and stay injury free.


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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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  1. Which of these signs of dehydration have you noticed in yourself? Are there any other symptoms you would add to the list?

  2. These are the Symptoms..(for those who are on time saving mode👍)
    1.Constant thrist.
    2.dark urine
    3.poor skin health
    4.persistent bad breath
    5.constant hungar sugar cravings
    6.dry eyes
    7.muscle cramp
    9.poor concentration,brain fog
    10.mood Swing

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