Did you know that water makes up between 60 and 80% of our entire body mass? Well, it’s true! So it makes sense that when we don’t drink enough water, our bodies send a whole bunch of signals letting us know that we need to drink up, because consuming plenty of water on a daily basis is crucial for our bodies to function properly. Here are 7 symptoms of dehydration:
When your level of hydration is too low for comfort, a chemical reaction occurs in your blood to which your brain is very sensitive, and so your brain reacts by triggering a headache. The more water you lose, the more your blood volume drops, and the less oxygen flows to your brain which causes your blood vessels to dilate and your headache to get worse!
Water helps food waste to move through your bowels and out of your body. If you don’t have enough water in your system, it won’t be able to move your food waste efficiently, thus resulting in constipation which is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration.
One of the key signs of dehydration is when you stand up quickly and get a sudden rush of lightheadedness or seeing spots. Without proper hydration, your blood volume and blood pressure drops, causing you to feel light headed or dizzy.
If your pee turns a darker shade of yellow, this is because it becomes over-concentrated with waste whereas water usually helps to flush out the waste efficiently. When you’re properly hydrated, your urine has a proper waste-water ratio which means your pee would be a lighter shade of yellow.
When you’ve got a nagging feeling of fatigue, it may be time to drink some more water! When you’re dehydrated, your blood volume, and in turn, your blood pressure drops, which reduces the amount of oxygen content in the blood. This lack of oxygen slows down your muscle and nerve functions, making you feel sleepy.
Early signs that you need to up your water intake are sometimes as subtle as having the munchies. If you’ve eaten enough food during the day but still feel the need to keep snacking, this your body’s gentle indicator that you don’t actually need to eat, you’re actually just dehydrated! Try a glass of water instead and see for yourself – your scale will probably thank you.
A simple test to see if you’re dehydrated is the ‘pinch test’, which you may have seen before on television. Pinch your skin (usually the fleshy part of your elbow) to see how fast it bounces back. If it snaps back to normal quickly, you’re hydrated. If it takes a while, you’re likely in need of some water.