Stop smoking, practice physical activity, adopt a balanced diet, sleep well … A healthy lifestyle allows you to stay in good shape and in good health. Another gesture, which may seem trivial, also helps ensure the proper functioning of the body: drink regularly. The body is made up of 60% water on average and can lose several liters of it per day. This is why it is important not to neglect your hydration and to compensate for water loss even if you do not feel the need to drink. For this, it is advisable to drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day, and even more so in periods of extreme heat or during physical exertion, to avoid being dehydrated. There are several signs that can happen when you don’t drink enough water. If these symptoms occur, it means it’s time to quench your thirst.
A lack of concentration proves that we are not drinking enough water
One of the signs of dehydration is loss of concentration. When the body is not sufficiently hydrated, the blood volume decreases. The blood therefore circulates less to the brain. Conclusion: the brain is less oxygenated. Hydrating in sufficient quantity thus helps reduce brain fatigue and improve cognitive functions.
Another sign of a lack of water: bad mood
When we don’t drink enough, we are more susceptible, irritable, tense, upset or upset. The reason is simple: dehydration can negatively affect mood. This is proven by a study carried out in 2009 by a team of researchers from Tufts University in the United States. Scientists found that participants who exercised for 60 to 75 minutes without being adequately hydrated were more likely to feel tired, confused, angry, depressed or tense than those who played sports and drank enough water.
The eyes are swollen and red
A lack of hydration also affects the eyes. When the body is dehydrated, it retains water for the proper functioning of vital organs. Result: the eyes suffer and dry up. They then become swollen, red, irritated and blink more to rehydrate.
Headaches and dizziness occur when you are dehydrated
It’s no secret that we suffer more from headaches and dizziness when our body is not hydrated enough. Water has difficulty in circulating to the brain, in case of dehydration. The organ is thus not sufficiently supplied and sends a warning signal through pain. Lack of hydration can also cause dizziness. When you don’t drink enough water, your blood pressure drops. This decrease can lead to dizziness.
The skin is dry when the body is not hydrated enough
It is well known that drinking lots of water helps you to have beautiful skin. In case of dehydration, the epidermis is drier and irritated. When the skin is not sufficiently hydrated, its barrier function no longer works. All microbes and allergens thus manage to attack the epidermis. Another sign of a lack of hydration: the skin loses elasticity. This promotes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Lack of water: kidney pain occurs
The kidneys are essential organs in the body. A lack of hydration causes concentration of urine and promotes kidney stones. In order for them to function properly and to be able to eliminate toxins in the body, it is necessary to hydrate regularly.
The feeling of hunger is increased tenfold when the body lacks water
Many people often confuse hunger with thirst. The hypothalamus regulates thirst and hunger at the same time and in the same way. This is why the feeling felt is the same for both. We thus have the impression that we are hungry. Nevertheless, it is not the case. To avoid this situation, it is advisable to hydrate regularly.
Dehydration manifests as a dry mouth and tongue
If our lips are dry and our tongue is sticky and mushy, it means we are dehydrated. To overcome this dry mouth, it is advisable to drink a glass of water.
Constipation is a sign of dehydration
A lack of water in the body can promote constipation. When the body is dehydrated, the stools do not contain enough water, dry out and are difficult to pass.
Dehydration can cause bad breath. If our mouth is dry, it is not producing enough saliva. The bacteria will thus develop in the mouth and this will have a direct impact on the breath.
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