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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

By Sara Butler

Water is essential for life on earth, including your own. If you don't get enough water each day, then your body is definitely going to let you know. The problem is that sometimes it can be difficult for people to understand what it is their body is trying to tell them. That's why it's vital that you know the signs that not drinking enough water can bring with it. Here are a few that should always be on your water drinking radar.

Thirst

This is the sign most people recognize: thirst. And while it's one of your body's natural cues that you need to drink some water, it's also a sign that you're already dehydrated and behind on your daily consumption.

So, if you're feeling like you have a dry mouth and your brain is screaming you need a drink, have one and then make sure to stay on top of it for the rest of the day.

Tiredness

Do you ever feel like you got plenty of sleep the night before but just can't seem to get going? If so, it could mean you need to drink some water. One of the lesser-known signs of not getting enough of the wet stuff is low energy. Mild dehydration can leave you feeling fatigued and maybe even a little foggy-headed. Have a glass of water and see if that perks you up.

Hunger

If you're feeling peckish and like all you want to do is a snack, then it may simply mean that your body needs fluid. Being properly hydrated can help you feel fuller between meals. It's not uncommon for people to mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger, either, so if you're feeling hungry even though you just ate, it may simply mean that you need a tall drink of water.

Headaches

Another sign that you're not hydrated enough is a headache. Dehydration has been found to trigger migraines and other types of headaches. Regular headaches may be a sign that you need to drink more water throughout the day and it's a good place to start to try to troubleshoot why you're getting so many headaches so often.

Dry Skin

Your skin is your body's largest organ. If you're not drinking enough, then it's going to feel dry. Bump up your water intake and see if it makes a difference in how your skin looks and feels.

Water is essential, so make sure to get what your body needs each day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fairfax, Va.

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