Are You Dehydrated? Signs You're Not Drinking Enough Water

Water is life! Water is vital for all sorts of living beings that enable them to function and thrive. The human body is made up of 70% of water which protects our joints, maintains healthy organ functions, transports oxygen to cells and maintain body temperature. We need to consume enough water to keep our body hydrated and keep our body moving up to date. If you don't consume enough water, you are inviting troubles, but how do you would know if you're not drinking enough water.???Below are some signs and symptoms of dehydration.


We all have been there, your head is throbbing and with each passing minute you can feel it getting worse. It makes it impossible to concentrate on anything and your patience begins to run out. Headaches are a common sign of someone experiencing mild to moderate dehydration. Drinking enough water will not only alleviate these painful episodes but also cure them.

Dry Skin

If you have dry, flaky and itchy skin, chances are that you are not drinking enough water. Skin like other organs needs plenty of water to function to expel the waste through sweat. Furthermore, water helps to moisturise the skin keeping it clear, smooth and soft.

Dry Mouth and Breath

It seems so obvious that dry mouth is a sign of dehydration, yet some of us will reach for gum or candy before we reach a glass of water. Dehydration causes dry mouth and bad breath as your body do not produce much saliva, the reduced cleaning action of the saliva allows bacteria to grow to cause you to have a bad breath


Do you feel tired all the time??? Chances are you are not drinking enough water. Your blood is 83% water. When you are dehydrated, the blood volume decreases which makes harder for the heart to push oxygen and nutrients through the body and you start feeling tired

Joint Pain

Water acts as a lubricant to the joints which allows the bones to slide over one another. When you don't drink enough water, your joints become nutrient deficient leading to damage of the cartilage cells which cause joint pain

Frequency Of Urination Decreases

A healthy person urinates 4 to 6 times a day. This number depends on the amount of water you consume during the day. If you urinate less than 3 times a day consider increasing your water intake

Darker Urine

Darker urine is one of the first sign of dehydration as our kidney will try to retain water from all over your body. If your body is well hydrated your urine will be lightly coloured.

So How much water you should drink??? There are so many opinions on how much water we should consume every day. We all have heard that standard  8 glasses of water is enough to drink but water intake is very contingent to one's body, gender and lifestyle. The recommended amount of water for an adult male is between 3-3.5 litres and for adult female 2.5- 3.0 litres.

Now that you know the signs which indicate you're not drinking enough water. Next time you notice these signs, recharge your body with enough water and stay hydrated.

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