Chances are, if you are like the average person on the planet, the answer to that question is a “no”. As summer is quickly approaching, the dreaded heat that comes along with it can easily turn outdoor activities into a sweaty, fatigued mess. Drinking enough WATER (juices, teas, coffees, or sodas don’t count) is essential in keeping our bodies functioning properly. We are easily tricked into thinking we are drinking enough because of the vast amounts of sugary beverages we have available, but all in all, those drinks do not help in the hydration department- it actually takes MORE of our body’s water content to flush the sugar OUT. While the daily needed water consumption varies from person to person, there are a few ways to check if you are drinking enough each day – we’re gonna skip the pee chart, though.
The first thing I notice when I haven’t been drinking enough water – and I’ve been drinking too much coffee – is the dullness of my skin. I notice dark circles under my eyes, very little elasticity, dull color, and icky breakouts. After chugging a liter or two of water, I can always see a drastic difference in the appearance of my skin. Fullness is restored, my cheeks find their rosiness, and my makeup stays on my face and LASTS.
Headaches. Most of the time, people call them a “Caffeine Headache” – but my theory is caffeine headaches are really just dehydration in disguise. Headaches are a common occurrence for many people, and while ibuprofen might do the trick, the root of the problem could very easily just be that your body is craving more H2O!
I don’t know about you, but waking up in the middle of the night with cotton-mouth is no fun. I have also noticed my restlessness throughout the night is at least mildly correlated to the amount of water I drink throughout the day. Now, while you won’t want to drink a liter right before bed, I can’t help but feel like I wake up multiple times throughout the night if my body isn’t fully hydrated. Whether from cotton-mouth or a dehydration headache, if my sleep is disrupted I turn in to the master of all grumps.
This is a big tell-tale sign for me that I haven’t been drinking as much water as I should be. I tend to notice that my heart rate will consistently be quite a bit quicker than normal throughout the day while doing everything BUT true physical activity. Shortly after I begin drinking a bottle of water, I feel everything slowly shift back into place. While anxiety is most definitely an issue on its own, dehydration can make those symptoms worse.
Honestly, I find it so much easier for me to get the amount of water I need each day with a GIANT water bottle at my side at all times. I will mindlessly go through 2 liters during my work day as long as I have it easily accessible. What are some of the ways you ensure you drink enough water each day?
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