We all know the health benefits of drinking plenty of water. But with so many differing opinions from doctors, nutritionists, and self-proclaimed health experts on how much one should consume in a given day, it’s easy to get confused and, worse yet, simply stop paying attention.
While we certainly don’t pretend to have all the answers, we can give you seven indications that you’re probably under-hydrated. At the same time, keep in mind that your level of activity, body type, and eating/drinking habits all play a role, so always talk to your doctor about any health concerns.
- Seems simple enough, right? Thirst is the biggest indication that you are already slightly dehydrated. So as soon as you start to feel thirsty, drink water to prevent further dehydration. As we age, our thirst mechanism starts to become less efficient, so make sure you pay attention to the other signs as well.
- Infrequent Urination. The average healthy person urinates about 7 times a day. If you notice that you don’t need to go as often as you probably should, you probably need to up your water intake.
- Dry Mouth. If your mouth feels dry, chances are you’re slightly dehydrated. Keep a large reusable water bottle with you throughout the day and refill it as needed.
- Did you know that many types of headaches can be relieved – and even prevented – by drinking more water? If you start to feel a headache coming on that can’t be attributed to anything else, try drinking a glass of water.
- If your body is not properly hydrated, you might start to feel slow and sluggish. Instead of reaching for that cup of Joe to give you a jolt, try a refreshing glass of water.
- We often confuse thirst with hunger. Before you reach for a snack or a second helping of dinner, try drinking water instead. If the hunger pangs still persist, you’re probably still hungry after all.
- Dry Skin, Dull Hair, Brittle Nails. If your skin is itchy and flaky, your hair dull and lifeless, and nails cracked and brittle, up your water intake. Your body needs adequate amounts of water to help keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy.
Another thing that impacts your need for water is the amount of humidity inside your home. During the winter, for example, our homes tend to dry out from the warm air generated by the furnace. Drinking more water is always an option, but for your added comfort, day and night, you might want to consider a whole-house humidifier, professionally installed by Optimum Air. Call us for more details or a new system quote.