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5 Signs You Need To Drink More Water

If you’re not feeling thirsty, watch for these 5 signs that you need to drink more water.

One of the most common misconceptions is that when you need more water, your body will instinctively tell you it’s thirsty. While there is some truth to this, we don’t always have that thirst que that we need more water. Or, more often than not, we “feed” the thirst with something else like food or soda.

1. Hunger.

Yes, you read that right hunger might actually be your body’s way of asking for more water. In today’s culture, we tend to drink when we are eating. So, naturally our bodies have learned from our environment that eating means drinking and so….queue the hunger.

2. Cravings for carbs.

Do you ever find yourself craving chips or cookies AFTER you just had a big meal? You’re probably not hungry, just thirsty! When our body is dehydrated, it makes it difficult to metabolize glycogen stores. Glycogen (found in carbs) is needed for energy, so that’s another reason you might be feeling sluggish and tired!

3. Your skin “tents”.

You’re probably thinking, “what in the world does that even mean?!” Pinch the back of your hand, does the skin snap back quickly or does it stay “pinched” or in a “tent”? The slower it takes your skin to return to its natural position, the more dehydrated you probably are! This is true for all over your body….so if you’re wanting younger looking skin, DRINK MORE WATER!

4. Feeling sluggish and easily exerted.

Your heart has to work harder, so anytime you exert yourself….whether it’s in a workout or even walking through the grocery store, you’re likely to feel “overworked”. Drinking adequate amounts of water will keep your blood pressure where it needs to be, allowing you to work at your body’s full ability!

5. Bad Breath.

When you’re dehydrated, your body cannot make saliva adequately. Saliva has antibacterial properties, so when you’re lacking saliva, the bacteria takes over! Overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth leads to bad breath.

Water is vital to our bodies.

Without it, our bodies cannot function at their full potential, and will slowly shut down. Even the slightest bit of dehydration will cause functions of the body to slow. Learn to listen to your body…even if you are drinking water, but feeling any of the above, try increasing your water intake. It could simply be that you just aren’t drinking enough!

Are you drinking enough? What cues does your body give you that you need more water?

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Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia

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