With water taking up half of our body weight, we all know just how important water is and making sure we are getting enough in our diet. Water is important for every cell and organ in our body to function properly. Water helps us regulate body temperature, lubricate our joints and rid our body of waste. The problem is, how do we know were getting enough water for our body to function normally? Here are some tell-tale signs of dehydrations:
- Dry mouth
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Extreme thirst
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Darker than usual urine
Typically you want to try to stay well enough hydrated to where you don’t experience any of the above symptoms. Most people drink only when they are thirsty but thirst is one of the first signs of poor hydration. Most recommendations say to stick between 6-8 glasses of water a day but each person has different hydration needs. Some things that factor hydration are exercise, temperature, and certain medical conditions that deplete our bodies of water faster than normal. To keep your body hydrated without these symptoms, try these simple steps.
- Start your morning right by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up
- Keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go and mark each time you have to fill it up
- Add flavor like slices lemons, cucumbers or limes to your water so you don’t get bored with it
- Drink a glass of water before each meal to help when hunger sets in and to keep you feeling fuller. A lot of times we may think were hungry but were actually just thirsty!
- Make sure to drink water before, during and after your workouts so that dehydration doesn’t lead to dizziness or a possible injury
- Eat something spicy! The increased spice will not only help you to reach for more water but the spice can also help boost your metabolism