Dehydration: How To Know You Need To Drink More Water

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It’s easy to get less water than your system needs. Whether it’s a matter of heat, exertion, or drinking things other than water, we can dry out quickly. Here are some warning signs that you should increase your water intake.

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Headaches

If you keep getting chronic headaches this is a sign that you aren’t drinking enough water. That’s your brain, which is mostly water, saying something is wrong.
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Dizziness

Vertigo, or dizziness, is another sign of lack of water. If your body isn’t getting enough water, the brain is going to sound this kind of alarm.
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Urine Color

Check the color of your urine. It’s supposed to be pale, almost clear. NOT dark yellow. If you’re getting enough water it should be almost clear. But if it’s darker than yellow or slightly orange, there might be another problem.
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Hunger

The body can confuse hunger with thirst. Try drinking a glass of water before eating a snack, and see if the hunger subsides.
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High Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure has spiked, one common interpretation is that you should drink more water. Drink a couple glasses of water and give it about an hour. If your pressure doesn’t change, better go to the hospital.
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Dry Skin

Dry weather might not be what’s making your skin dry. Put on moisturizer and drink more water through the day. Your skin should be less dry and cracked in a day or so. Your skin drying means that your body is taking the water from there to keep internal organs running smoothly.
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Sleepiness

If you’re sleeping at odd times of day, your body may be trying to tell you that you’re thirsty. When there isn’t enough water in your system, you get sleepy. Try drinking some water and see if that helps before going for coffee.
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Dry Mouth

Having dry mouth is a sign that you aren’t drinking enough water. There could be other reasons: drinking alcohol or having a bad reaction to medication. Increase the water you drink in a day and the feeling should subside.
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Thirst

No surprise: this is the most logical sign that you should be drinking more water. Have a glass of water instead of a soda, coffee, or alcohol and your thirst should subside
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