Medically, we are often advised to drink 8 glasses of water every day to keep our bodies at the optimum hydration level. The body is about 60% water, give or take and because we are constantly losing water from primarily via urine and sweat, we need to drink adequate amounts of water.

So the question is – how much water do you take in a day?

Often times, we only drink water after eating something and end up taking less than that 8 glasses of water in a day. However, do you know know that your body exhibit some signs when you don’t take enough water?

Sometimes, these signs are often easily confused with symptoms of something else and makes it look like you have some serious medical condition but it may just be simply dehydration. You just need to take some glasses of water to feel better.

Nonetheless, these are some telltale signs to show that you do not take enough water:


If your mouth is dry, chances are, you’re at least mildly dehydrated, and it’s time for a drink. Keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go, and sip from it often. Keep in mind that some medications can also cause dry mouth, so if you’re experiencing just this one sign that you do not drink enough water, it could just be a side effect from a drug, not from actual dehydration.


A mild to moderate headache, especially when combined with one or more of these other symptoms of dehydration, can be another sign you do not drink enough water. If it seems like you’re always suffering from a slight headache, your body is probably trying to tell you to drink more water!


People who are suffering from dehydration have darker-colored urine and poo too. Drink more water!


Dizziness or vertigo is another sign you do not drink enough water. Again, this symptom of dehydration can be caused by other things, like medication or sleepiness, but if you feel it in combination with other symptoms on this list, you could also be dehydrated.


Did you know that sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re actually thirsty? Slight hunger pangs are another sign that you do not drink enough water. Before you grab a snack, try drinking a glass of water. If your hunger pangs recede, chances are, you weren’t really hungry, you were thirsty!


Lethargy and overall sleepiness is another sign you do not drink enough water. This is your body’s way of slowing down to conserve water, so listen! To perk up, and give your body what it needs, drink a cool glass of water, slowly, and see if that helps.


Dry skin is another symptom of dehydration. If it seems like you’re always applying lotion or lip balm, and you’re still flaky and dry, you could be dehydrated. Remember, healthy skin is hydrated skin… drink up!


A rapid, fluttery heartbeat is another sign you do not drink enough water, and one of the scariest. Keep well-hydrated. How much water do you need to drink in a day? The average person needs 64 ounces (that’s 8 small glasses) every day.


Finally, of course, the most logical sign you do not drink enough water — you’re thirsty! If you’re well-hydrated but always thirsty, it could be a sign of diabetes, but if you’re always thirsty and you know you don’t drink enough water, well, what are you waiting for? Drink up!

Always stay hydrated.

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