How many cups of water have you drunk today?
It’s common knowledge that water is vital for heath – for survival. Together with air and food, water makes up one of the 3 basic human necessities for life. However, despite the inherent biological importance of water, we somehow often don’t drink enough water. It’s a puzzling conundrum.
Back to the earlier question. Generally, most researchers recommend a daily intake of about 8 to 10 glasses of water. Have you met this recommendation?
Puzzling as it is, it is often not readily apparent that you are not drinking enough water until you start feeling unbelievably parched. And, if you think that gulping down a glass of water will be enough to fix your thirst – think again. Scientists agree that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
So, how can you tell if you aren’t drinking enough water? Luckily enough, the solution isn’t complicated. Here are 3 easy ways to spot if you haven’t been drinking enough water.
1. You get hungry more frequently
Research has found that the body often mistakes thirst for hunger. Thus, when you’re not drinking enough water, you might feel hungrier. This, of course, poses a problem as instead of reaching out for a glass of water, you might attempt to curb the hunger pangs with food.
Hence, the next time you feel hungry, why not try drinking a cup of water first instead of gobbling down the first snack you see in sight?
2. Your skin is dry
Water is essential to keep your skin hydrated. If you notice that your skin has been drier, it could be a major hint that you are not drinking enough water.
3. Your urine is dark in colour
The colour of your urine is an easy and accurate way to tell if you are drinking enough water or not. Dark urine is typically a sign of dehydration. On the other hand, pale yellow to clear urine indicates that you are well-hydrated.