12 Important Signs That We Don’t Drink Enough Water

There’s not much more refreshing in this world than a tall, ice-cold glass of water. I don’t think anyone can deny that a simple glass of water can sometimes be more satisfying than a cup of coffee or a can of soda.

Yet too many of us don’t drink enough water every day. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are continually damaging our bodies. If you recognize any of the following signs, we suggest you grab a glass of H2O right away.

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1. Your mouth is dry

This seems pretty obvious, but the implications may not be. Of course, any time you feel that sticky, uncomfortable feeling in your mouth, you’re going to reach for some kind of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a bigger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucous membranes in your mouth and throat, which keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip.

2. Your skin is dry

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full-blown dehydration, which can lead to much bigger problems. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to the body’s inability to wash away the excess dirt and oil that builds up throughout the day. If you want to prevent breakouts, drinking more water should be your first priority.

3. You’re excessively thirsty

We already covered dry mouth, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover can tell you that when you wake up, your body just can’t get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water sends “YES PLEASE!” signals to the brain until your fluid levels return to baseline. Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it’s talking about!

4. Your eyes are dry

By now it should be clear that drinking water affects more than just your mouth and throat. A lack of water intake leads to dry, bloodshot eyes (again, think of that last pounding hangover). Without water in your body, your tear ducts dry up. If you’re thinking, “So what if I can’t cry?” realize that this could cause much more damage to your eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses on a daily basis.

5. You have joint pain

Our cartilage and spinal discs are about 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to keep our bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements such as running, jumping, or falling awkwardly.

6. Your muscle mass decreases

Your muscles are also made up of water. Obviously, less water in your body means less muscle mass. Drinking water before, during, and after exercise not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable, it also moves water to the right places in your body and reduces the chance of inflammation and soreness associated with exercise and weightlifting.

7. You Stay Sick Longer

Drinking water allows your body to continually flush out toxins. Your organs work like a machine to filter out certain waste products, but if you don’t fuel the machine with water, it won’t work properly. What ends up happening in a dehydrated body is that the organs start pulling water from stored areas like your blood, which leads to a whole new set of problems.

8. You Feel Tired and Lazy

As we just mentioned, when a body is dehydrated, it “borrows” water from your blood. A lack of properly hydrated blood leads to a lack of oxygen being carried throughout the body. Of course, a lack of oxygen leads to sleepiness and outright fatigue. A lack of stamina means you’ll be experiencing that 2pm crash earlier and earlier in the day (and remember, coffee won’t help in the long run).

9. You feel hungry

When you’re dehydrated, your body may start to think it needs food. This happens throughout the day and at night when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body, while drinking water cleanses your organs and gives them the fuel they need for the other processes your body goes through.

10. You have digestive problems

We talked earlier about the mucus in the mouth and throat and how staying hydrated allows the membrane to function properly. The same is true for the entire digestive system. Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of the mucus in the stomach diminishes, allowing the stomach acid to wreak havoc on your insides. This leads to what we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion.

11. You experience premature aging

The amount of water our bodies hold naturally decreases as we age. This obviously means that we should consciously increase our water intake as we age. While premature aging is more visible on the outside, the damage it does to our insides will ultimately be felt over time. To reduce the risk of aging, it’s important to continue drinking water throughout your life.

12. You’re reading this and you’ve made it this far.

I drink water all the time. I almost always have a glass or bottle of water next to me, whether I’m working, exercising, or vegging out in front of the TV. If you clicked on this article, you probably thought to yourself, “Hmm, I don’t think I’m drinking enough water. So if you don’t think you are, pour yourself a glass right now! Don’t overdo it, of course, but if you’re not getting the recommended amount (which is higher than you think), there’s no harm in drinking more. Now, if you’ll excuse me, all this typing has made me thirsty.