During the winter months, it can be easy to deprive our bodies of a sufficient amount of water. The cold temperatures find us reaching for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate over a glass of h20. Although you might not feel thirsty, your body simply needs water to function. After all, the average human body is made up over 75% water, so it’s not hard to see why it’s so vital!
A low consumption of water is dangerous, and it could be making you ill. Suffer with any of the following? Then a lack of water could just be the cause…
Effects of dehydration on your body
Do you find that you’re prone to kidney infections or feel that your kidneys hurt? This could be due to a lack of water. Our bodies need water to flush out toxins and waste, without this, bacteria will thrive which can often result in a nasty, and painful infection.
A major side effect of dehydration is frequent headaches. Our brains are over three-quarters water, this is what stops it from knocking against our skull. When the fluid sack around our brains depletes, your brain can then push up against your skull – and this is what can cause a headache. Ouch.
If you find yourself suffering from regular pain in your joints, this could be caused by severe dehydration. Our cartilage in our joints is mostly made up of water, so when your body becomes dehydrated in can cause the cartilage to become weaker and cause pain.
One of the keys to good skin is water! You can use all the fancy skin creams in the world, but if you’re dehydrated your skin won’t look as healthy and glowing as it could! Water eliminates toxins in our body which help to maintain a healthy looking skin. Skin disorders such as psoriasis can actually be down to severe dehydration. Not only will you benefit from healthier looking skin, it can also help to prevent premature wrinkling too.
Do you find yourself yawning on a regular basis, and practically falling asleep at your desk? Fatigue is a major side effect of dehydration and can cause extreme tiredness, even if you find yourself getting a decent amount of sleep!
Lack of Urination
If you find that you’re rarely passing fluids, or there is something up with your urine then this is more often than not, down to dehydration. If your urine has a funny colour or strong smell then this is a sign that your kidneys are working overtime!
If you’re severely dehydrated then your body will begin to feel weak due to your brain and other body organs receiving less blood flow. This is when dehydration can get seriously dangerous. So ensure you up your fluid intake immediately and seek a doctor if necessary.
With all of the above points in mind, it’s clear to see that ensuring your body remains hydrated is vital for overall health and happiness. If you’re struggling to drink your recommended daily intake of water then there are some methods and tips which might just help you along the way…
How to make sure that you drink enough water?
1. Buy a Bottle
It sounds simple but buying a sports bottle will enable you to carry water for on-the-go and stop you from conveniently picking up a fizzy drink whilst you’re out and about! You can also buy bottles such as the Bobbl from various outlets which contain a water filter to make your water even healthier!
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2. Download an App
Well, they do say there’s an app for everything these days! Try downloading an app such as ‘Waterlogged’ which can help to track your daily water intake, tell you how much water you should be drinking and even give you a gentle nudge when it’s time to top up with more fluids! Pretty handy, huh?
3. Make it Sparkling
If you simply can’t draw yourself away from those fizzy bubbles then why not try out a sparkling water instead? You might find it tastier than still water.
4. Infuse It with Fruit
If you don’t enjoy the taste of water then try and make it tastier by enthusing it with your favourite fruit! Use slices of lemon, lime or even strawberries to add a bit of pizazz to your beverage! As well as improving taste, lemon water can actually improve your health!
5. Use a Straw
So if you really, REALLY don’t enjoy drinking water, then try using a straw. It makes you drink much quicker and you tend to take in more fluids this way, but you might want to leave the fruit out if you’re going to give this one a go.
6. Make Ice Cubes
Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing drink complete with ice cubes? Why not try and make some fruity ice cubes to add to your glass of water to make it perfectly chilled, fruity and healthier! They’re so quick and easy to make, plus it can be a real life saver in the heat of summer.
Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration if you currently struggle to drink as much water as you ideally should. We’re all guilty of often choosing the coke in a restaurant over still water but by adding it into your daily routine (and sticking to it) you will see so many great improvements to your overall health. Say goodbye to fatigue, headaches and dry skin and hello to a happier, healthier you!