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14 Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water

 

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We all know it is important to drink water – and the increase of people walking round with water bottles is a sure indication that the message is getting through – but how much is enough?   We have 14 signs for you to check out and see how you are ranking.

Also on the subject of water – do look after your health by getting a good quality stainless steel or metal water bottle – and don’t stick with the plastic bottles – two reasons… they are a massive pollutant and second most water bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA) which can be a concern for some bottles made of polycarbonate (which shares resin identification code 7 with other plastics).

High temperatures and bleaching are believed to increase leaching of BPA] Several countries have banned the use of plastics containing BPA used for water and other food  items.  Also PLEASE DO NOT HEAT PLASTIC BABY BOTTLES IN THE MIRCROWAVE this can also cause leaching – please, always check the makeup of your bottles.    P.S.  Use a nice glass that helps to enjoy the experience!

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14 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

There’s not much in this world more refreshing than a tall, ice-cold glass of water. I don’t think there’s anyone alive that can deny that sometimes, a simple glass of water can be more satisfying than a cup of coffee or a can of soda. Despite this, too many of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are continuously damaging our bodies. If you experience any of the following, you can improve your situation by starting with a glass of H2O.

1. Your Mouth is Dry

This seems pretty obvious, but the ramifications might not be so. Of course, any time you feel that sticky, nasty feeling in your mouth, you’d obviously reach for some sort of liquid. But sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat, which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip.

2. Your Skin is Dry

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full-on dehydration, which can lead to much larger problems. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to stave off breakouts, your first recourse should be to drink more water.

3. You’re Overly Thirsty

We went over dry mouth already, but thirst goes beyond a desert-like tongue. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover can tell you that, upon waking up, your body just can’t get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body, and drinking water sends “YES PLEASE!” signals to the brain until your fluid levels get back to baseline.  Listen to what your body is telling you; it knows what it’s talking about!

4. Your Eyes Are Dry

By now it should be clear that drinking water affects more than just your mouth and throat. A lack of water intake leads to dry, bloodshot eyes (again, think of that last pounding hangover). Without water in the body, your tear ducts dry up. If you’re thinking “So what if I can’t cry?”, realize that this could cause much more harm to your eyes, especially if you wear contacts on a daily basis.

5. You Experience Joint Pain

Our cartilage and spinal discs are made up of about 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to keep our bones from grinding against each other with every step we take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements, such as running, jumping, or falling awkwardly.

We know you will want to check out the rest of this list – I especially like number 8 – please check out source below.

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Source: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/14-signs-youre-not-drinking-enough-water.html

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