Health | Is your body lacking water?

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When we don’t hit our recommended two litre mark of daily water consumption, we tend not to get too stressed about the long term impact of it. But what really happens our body when our body lacks water?

Some days, it can just seem impossible to consume two litres of water. We are too busy, too tired or just too forgetful.

Blessed with ample supply, we know we will hydrate our bodies when we can. But is it enough? There are many signs to suggest that your body is not getting the right amount of water.

Headaches and lightheadedness, for instance, are some of the possible signs that your body lacks water. A drop in your body’s hydration level leads to a reduced amount of fluid surrounding your brain, triggering headaches and migraines. When suffering from a headache, drink a glass of water. If it’s related to dehydration, your headache will soon go away.

Bad breath is another sign. Your body produces less saliva when you do not consume enough water. This leads to an excess growth of bacteria in the mouth, causing bad breath and dry mouth.

A healthy intake of water results in regular urination, about four to seven times a day. Not urinating at regular intervals can prove problematic as your body releases toxins through urination. Clear or light-coloured urine indicates a well-hydrated body, while dark yellow or amber-coloured urine indicates dehydration.

Water helps lubricate the digestive system and keeps the digestive tract flexible and clean. This helps keep your bowel movements regular and prevents constipation. It is also know that a lack of water can even cause heartburn and indigestion.

When dehydrated, your body sends false signals to your brain that you are hungry, when actually you are thirsty. The next time you have hunger pangs, drink a glass of water before grabbing a snack.