We often hear about healthy eating and physical activity. Yes, all of these suggestions are true. But do you know the most important of all? Drinking water. We need to drink water, probably more than most of us drink. We often underestimate the importance of drinking water because we take it for granted.
Sometimes we are dehydrated, but we do not notice it. Also, we think there is something else that is causing the discomfort. But often some symptoms only come from lack of water. How do you know when you are dehydrated and need to drink more water? Learn more below:
- Of course, when you feel thirsty.
- When you have a dry mouth.
- When you feel tired.
- If you have dark yellow urine and rarely go to the bathroom.
- Dry and inelastic skin.
- You feel anxious and irritable.
- You have bad breath.
- Muscle cramps.
What are some of the signs that point to serious dehydration?
- Faster Heartbeat.
- Strong thirst.
- Low blood pressure.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Strong dizziness.
- Very dark urine.
- No sweating during exercise and under hot weather.
- Extremely dry and fragile skin.
Also, there is a pretty interesting way to find out if you are dehydrated or not. You should just pinch your skin in the back of your hand. If the skin fold, or sign, smooths out immediately it means you are well hydrated. If the opposite happens, then you need to drink more water because of dehydration.
How much water should we drink?
– Well, an adult should drink about two liters of water ( 67 fl oz.)
– However, the amount of water to drink is related to your weight.
– If your kid weighs only 9 kilograms (19 lbs), you should give them 0.25 liters of water ( 8 fl oz.).
– A person who weighs 45 kilograms (99 lbs) should drink 1.25 liters of water ( 42 fl oz).
– A person who weighs 72 kilograms (158 lbs) should drink two liters of water ( 67 fl oz.)
– Someone who weighs a hundred kilos(220 lbs) needs to drink 2.75 liters of water (93 fl oz).
– Lastly, someone who weighs 117 kilos(257 lbs) should drink 3.25 liters (109 fl oz.) of water per day.
Low water consumption can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke because it narrows the blood vessels, forms blood clots, increases blood pressure. Likewise, lower water consumption leads to decreased immunity, kidney stones, etc. Drinking less water than recommended raises the risk of impaired metabolism, high cholesterol, and obesity.