Dehydration occurs when your body is losing more fluid than it’s taking in. Did you know that once you hit the point of being thirsty, you’re already dehydrated?
Our bodies are between 50 and 75 percent water, so once you’re dehydrated, the amount of water in the body has already dropped below what’s needed for normal body function.
Here are signs that it is time to drink up!
1. You feel tired.
If you feel tired throughout your day, try filling up on water before reaching for a caffeinated beverage and see if that makes a difference. After a full night’s rest it’s common to be slightly dehydrated in the morning; so don’t forget to include drinking a glass of H2O in your morning routine to jump-start your metabolism and your brain!
2. A little moody.
A recent study found that mild dehydration can affect your mood and interfere with your ability to concentrate. If you’re sitting at your desk and feeling a little low, sipping water could help you snap into focus.
3. You’re having trouble going.
Water helps to keeps your digestive system moving and your intestines flexible to avoid chronic constipation. It only makes sense that you’d have difficulty with your bowel movements if you’re not staying hydrated. Keep things moving by drink plenty of fluids throughout your day.
4. You have a headache.
Mild headaches are a classic sign of dehydration. Drinking eight ounces of water when you feel the pain coming on might just keep the headache at bay. So sip up before reaching for the aspirin.
5. You have bad breath.
Dry mouth leads to bad breath. You need saliva to fight stink-inducing bacteria, so drinking water regularly should keep your breath in check.