10 Signs You’re Dehydrated

10 signs you're dehydratedWater plays an incredibly important role in your body.  It carries oxygen and nutrients to your cells, gives cushion for your joints and helps you digest food.  So making sure you’re drinking enough water is absolutely critical.  You can really only last at max 8-10 days without water, so it’s something you constantly need to replenish.  I’ve heard several doctors say that many illnesses can actually come down to being dehydrated.  So how do you know if you’re dehydrated?

10 Signs of Dehydration

Since it’s so important to make sure you stay hydrated, I figured it would be good to cover 10 signs you’re dehydrated, from www.mayoclinic.com.  I’m sure you’ll recognize many of these:

1) Dry, sticky mouth – I know I get terrible cotton mouth when I’m dehydrated

2) Sleepiness or tiredness

3) Thirst (seems obvious!)

4) Decreased urine output

5) Few or no tears when crying

6) Dry skin

7) Headache – this is number 1 for me.  When I really exert myself for a long time, I’ll often get a bad headache later.

8) Constipation

9) Dizziness

10) Dark urine

If you’re noticing one or many of these symptoms at the same time, you can probably bet that you’re dehydrated.  I super quick way to know is to check the color of your urine.  If it’s yellow/amber then you are definitely dehydrated.  When you are fully hydrated your urine should be clear or very close to clear.

Does Dehydration Cause Weight Gain?

One other symptom of being dehydrated is feeling hungry.  So you end up eating food, when in reality your body just wants water.  This can absolutely lead to weight gain.  If you eat food every time your body wants water that can lead to some pounds being added.  So next time you think you’re hungry between meals, try drinking a large glass of cold water.  I think you’ll be surprised at how satisfied you feel because you’re giving your body what it actually wants!

For those of you who don’t like plain water, it’s super easy to add some flavor without adding artificial sweeteners or calories.  Try making your own infused water.  Every night I cut up a couple slices of lemon and a couple slices of lime and put it in big water bottle in the fridge.  So every morning I drink a liter of water to start my day and it’s got some nice flavor to it.  Give it a try!

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