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10 Signs You Need More Hydration! (Part 1)

July 10, 2015 2 min read

Dehydration is simply when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Water makes up 60-80% of our entire body mass, so it makes sense that when we don’t consume enough, all kinds of issues start to occur! Consuming plenty of water each day is critical for your body to work at its best, so if you’re not getting enough, your body sends a whole range of signs that let you know you need to top up!

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  1. Your Head Is Pounding
Your body is constantly using up the liquid in your body, consisting not just of water, but essential mineral salts such as sodium and potassium. When your hydration levels drop, a chemical reaction occurs in your blood which your brain is highly sensitive to. Your brain reacts by triggering a headache. The headache gets worse the more water you lose, as the more your blood volume drops, the less oxygen flows to your brain. This causes your blood vessels to dilate and your headache to get worse!
  1. Pipes Are Clogged
Water helps move food waste through your bowels and out your body. If you don’t have enough water in your system, it won’t be able to move your food waste efficiently, resulting in constipation.
  1. Standing Up Makes You Dizzy
Without enough water in your system, your blood volume and pressure drops causing us to feel light headed or dizzy. One of the key signs of dehydration is when you stand up quickly and get a sudden rush of lightheadedness.
  1. Hunger Cues Are Increased
Early signs that you need to drink more can be as subtle as feeling peckish more often. If you’ve eaten enough food during the day but still feel the need to keep snacking, especially on water-based foods such a fruit, this your body’s gentle indicator that you don’t actually need more food, you’re just dehydrated! Try a glass of water instead and see for yourself! Look out for part 2 of this article! h/t: Food Matters 

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