With the weather warming up we need to up the ante on our H20 consumption and if you’ve spent winter reaching for snacks instead of guzzling down a couple of litres of water a day, it’s time to make a change!
Water makes up between 60-80 percent of our body mass, so it’s not surprising that it’s involved in many of our bodily processes. However, the honest truth is that remembering to guzzle down our H20 can be a little hard.
So whether you blame it on lack of time or effort (or both) if we’re not drinking enough a day we could really be doing our bodies more damage than good. Plus, we could secretly be dehydrated and have no idea.
SO riddle yourself this, how much water are you drinking a day? And should (or could) you be drinking more?
Below we’ve popped together five signs to help you consider whether you’re water intake could improve.
Your mouth is dry
A dry mouth = a lack of water. Pure and simple. Drinking water actually lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth and throat so when you’re drinking enough your mouth will remain moist thanks to the H20 long after your drink. Sugary stuff won’t cut it in this department guys – sorry!
Your hungrier than normal
Often when we’re reaching for yet another snack we’re not really that hungry, but are generally thirsty instead. A lot of people confuse hunger for thirst. So if you’ve just eaten and somehow weirdly still feel hungry. Maybe have a glass of water then wait 10 minutes and see if your hunger is truly, madly, deeply real. It might not be.
Your muscles cramp
Most elite athletes know that water is key to their muscles not cramping. However, since we are not elite athletes this could be news to many of us! Muscles need a particular ratio of water to electrolytes to contract so if you’re constantly experiencing cramps you gotta guzzle down more water – and stat.
You get headaches
If you get a headache caused by dehydration it can be really painful! Your brain is highly sensitive to the chemical reactions happening in your blood so this summer don’t forget to drink (water that is!) And keep those ningling headaches at bay.
Your digestion sucks
Constipated? Bloated? Shiz digestion can often be due to a lack of water intake (amongst a gazillion other things) but water is oh’ so important to keep everything movin’ and groovin’ if you get what we mean ;) Plus water keeps the digestive system lubricated so without it things can fall apart.
So drink up!
Tell us, how much water do you drink a day?