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Signs You're Not Getting Enough Water

By Sara Butler

You need water to survive. Yet it’s still challenging for many people to get enough water per day for optimum health. Drinking water is good for every system in your body, from your skin to your brain. That’s why if you don’t get enough of it you may notice some strange side effects. Here are a few of the clues your body is trying to send that you may not be getting enough water.

Headaches

The next time a headache strikes, instead of reaching for over-the-counter pain medication, reach for a glass of water. Your brain is mostly water -- about 80 percent. When you’re dehydrated, then your brain may not be getting enough blood and oxygen. This can dilate blood vessels and lead to inflammation and swelling that you feel as a headache. But if hydrating doesn’t relieve the pain, then you may need to see a healthcare professional to help.

You Have Dry Skin, Mouth, or Eyes

You lose body fluids constantly throughout the day. If you don’t’ work to replenish those fluids, then you can feel the effects by experiencing dry skin, dry mouth, or dry eyes. Your body needs water in order to lubricate and hydrate you, so this is often a pretty big indicator that you’re not getting enough fluids in.

You Feel Disoriented

Confusion, problems concentrating, delirium, and dizziness are all possible signs of dehydration. As previously mentioned, the body loses fluids all day long through normal bodily functions. If you don’t replace the water lost, then the imbalance can cause the mind not to function properly.

You Have No Energy

A lack of sleep can cause you to feel fatigue, but not getting enough water can cause it too. When your body is dehydrated, it decreases blood circulation. That decreased circulation means your organs and muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen, causing lethargy and a decrease in your level of energy.

Muscle Cramps

Vigorous exercise can cause a drop in your body’s level of sodium and your muscles require sodium to work appropriately. If you’re not hydrated enough, your body has to prioritize the fluid it does have. It will first route to the circulatory system to keep organs functioning, so muscles often take a backseat. If they don’t have enough water and sodium to work as they should, then the muscles may cramp or spasm.

Make sure you're drinking enough water per day to keep your body healthy!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Forest, Calif.

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