Drinking enough water each day is always difficult if you aren’t paying attention. If you have a full time job, several children, or a busy social life, it is very difficult to keep your mind off of your responsibilities long enough to remind yourself to hydrate. A good calculation of how much water your body needs daily, is to take your weight, divide that number in half and drink at least that much water in ounces. If you are still unsure if you are drinking enough, there are several ways to tell if your body is lacking enough fluid to function correctly.
A simple sign to drink more water is feeling thirsty. The problem with this is that by the time your body tells you it’s thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated. Also, quenching your thirst may not provide enough fluid to rehydrate your body, so make sure you drink more after you are no longer feeling thirsty.
Having a dry mouth is simply described as not having enough saliva present to correctly lubricate your mouth. Dry mouth is usually coupled with chapped lips as well, so make sure you pay attention to this symptom, and don’t just slap on the chap stick.
When you are not getting enough water each day, your body will also show signs of fatigue. You should definitely pay attention if you are feeling overly tired after workouts or experiencing a lot of afternoon sluggishness. Coffee seems to help for a short time, but in the long run, it can also aid in dehydration.
Although not a fun subject, when our bodies are not producing regular bowel movements, it is always necessary to take note. Dehydration is not the only thing that affects this, but it is certainly a good starting point. When our bodies are not getting enough water, our intestinal tract does not get enough lubrication, so it causes everything to, in a sense, become slow and hard. If you find yourself experiencing constipation, try upping your water intake first to see if it helps.
Another common problem that may not be caused by dehydration are headaches. But, as in constipation, drinking more water is a good place to start. This is also a sign that shows itself in children when they need more fluids, so instead of running to the medicine cabinet, try drinking a tall glass of water first.
Dark or Cloudy Urine
Another fun subject, but it must be discussed. Your urine color is a good sign of whether you are getting enough water in your day. Dark, cloudy urine is a sign you need to drink more, while clear or light colored urine is a great sign that you are doing a good job getting enough. Something else to pay attention to is how many times you are visiting the bathroom each day. On average, we should be going at least 6-7 times daily.
Although paying attention to how much water you drink each day can be a hassle, trying to fix all the symptoms that come about from not drinking enough are much more difficult. Set a timer on your phone, if you have to, and remind yourself to drink 8 ounces every hour. With a good schedule in place, you will have your necessary intake finished without all the headaches…literally!