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Are you drinking enough water?

Water was never my first option when selecting a beverage to quench my thirst. I shied away from it as if it was the plague.  Unlike my mom who drinks water all day everyday along with her one cup of coffee, I franked everything else until I had no choice but to filter my system.

Did you know that the color of your urine shows if you’ve had enough water in your system? Not being a big water drinker, for years I thought the color of urine was supposed to be yellow. Who knew that it shouldn’t be. Who also knew that if you do drink enough water, with the process of filtering you can actually drink urine? I wouldn’t go that far but then again I’ve never been in a situation where I would have to.

 

water and pee

Source: www.clevelandclinic.org/HealthHub

As I’ve gotten older, I often have headaches, backaches and fatigue. Minus the fact that I don’t sleep a normal eight hours or take women’s multi-vitamins, I don’t drink enough water. It’s not until I go to the restroom when I realize that oh shoot that’s dark, I have to drink some. And some is what I drink. Maybe a cup at my desk or a glass before dinner.

I recently bought a motivational water bottle to encourage my intake of water. Even that did not change my routine of getting up in the morning always on super speed to get out the door, work a full day, return home and yet not one glass of water consumed.

What are the signs that you may need an increase of water intake? According to allwomenstalk:

  • Dry Mouth – Keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go, and sip from it often.
  • Headache – If it seems like you’re always suffering from a slight headache, your body is probably trying to tell you to drink more water!
  • Urine check – If your urine is dark yellow or worse, dark brown, then you’re probably dehydrated. Drink more water!
  • Dizziness – If you feel it in combination with other symptoms on this list, you could also be dehydrated.
  • Hunger – Before you grab a snack, try drinking a glass of water. If your hunger pangs recede, chances are, you weren’t really hungry, you were thirsty!
  • Sleepy – To perk up, and give your body what it needs, drink a cool glass of water, slowly, and see if that helps.
  • Dry skin – If it seems like you’re always applying lotion or lip balm, and you’re still flaky and dry, you could be dehydrated. Remember, healthy skin is hydrated skin… drink up!
  • Increased heart rate – A rapid, fluttery heartbeat is another sign you do not drink enough water, and one of the scariest.
  • Thirsty – the most logical sign you do not drink enough water — you’re thirsty! If you’re always thirsty and you know you don’t drink enough water, well, what are you waiting for? Drink up!

I can honestly say that I have experienced a few of these symptoms (as I apply lip balm). As the temperatures rise and humidity sets in, water is very important. Especially if alcoholic beverages are a pleasure, as it is for most adults.  No one wants to feel uncomfortable or not be healthy. I know that I will make the effort to drink my quantity of water daily…I will try. 

Do you drink enough water throughout the day? How about your children?

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