9 Obvious Signs That You're Not Drinking Nearly Enough Water | 22 Words

We all know that without water, well, we die. But short of that drastic turn of events, not drinking enough water can make life a little less comfortable for us.

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It's hard to keep track of how much you drink in a day, but if you stay on the lookout for these nine signs, you'll know if you should be hitting the water cooler a little more than you have been. Take a look and see if any of these symptoms pop up in your day-to-day life.

Headaches

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Sure, headaches can result from lots of different issues, but if you're getting them regularly, try drinking a couple glasses of water. If they go away shortly thereafter, you might have found the culprit - dehydration. Even tiny amounts of dehydration can cause headaches, so look into it!

Constipation

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If you're not drinking enough water, you're going to have trouble digesting food. This can result in painful (or non-existent) bowel movements that are uncomfortable at best and dangerous at worst. You won't be able to solve this issue immediately with water, but if you're suffering regularly, then drinking more water over a couple days should sort the issue out for you. If things don't get any better, it's probably time to see a doctor.

Dark Urine

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This is probably the easiest way to keep tabs on your hydration levels. When you pee, water in your body is flushing a lot of stuff out with it. If there's not much water, your urine will appear dark. If you're well-hydrated, then it will be clear-ish. It's also good to take notes on when your pee tends to be darkest and drink more water prior to that time so you'll be fully hydrated throughout the day.

Dry Mouth

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Duh, right? Well, just because it's really obvious doesn't mean it's not helpful. If your mouth is dry, try drinking a bit more water. If it doesn't go away in an hour or so, try again. If it persists, you might have something else going on.

Cramps

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If your body doesn't have enough water, it can't carry other important things like minerals and vitamins elsewhere in our body. If that happens, your muscles will start to twitch if they're not getting the electrolytes they're supposed to. That's when cramps happen. So try drinking some water or electrolyte-rich drinks like Gatorade. But regular water consumption should fix the issue.

Dizziness

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Your blood is 95% water, so if you're dehydrated, you won't get blood where you need it, or it will be too thick to circulate properly. Drinking water should clear up mild dizziness. If it persists, check out your situation with a doctor.

Hunger (Even Though You've Eaten)

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If you're finding yourself hungry even if you've eaten, it could be a sign of dehydration. Your brain can get confused if your body's not getting enough water and tell you you're hungry. So if you're feeling hungry after having eaten, try upping your water intake.

Dry Skin

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Not only will your skin get dry without water (for obvious reasons) but it will get oily as well. So try drinking water to not only avoid uncomfortable dry skin, but also to get better-looking skin. Think of all the money you could save on lotions!

Heart Palpitations

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This sounds scary — and it is. Too much caffeine and not enough water can cause your heart to work overtime. This can have serious implications over the long-term, so keep your water consumption up to keep your heart working the way it should be.