1. You ALWAYS feel thirsty… and you just can’t quench it!
This might seem like an obvious one, but the first sign you’re not drinking enough water is probably feeling thirsty all of the time! If you don’t feel quenched after a few sips of water, this could be your body telling you it feels dehydrated and you should be drinking more.
2. Bad breath you struggle to get rid of
This one might surprise you, but bad breath that you struggle to get rid of could be a sign you are not drinking enough water. Being dehydrated means you might not be able to produce enough saliva to rinse away bacteria in your mouth which will build up and cause ad breath.
3. Constant hunger pangs you can’t satisfy
Do you remember anyone telling you to “have a glass a water” when you were hungry as a kid? Well, turns out they may have been right! Your body needs water to help your body produce energy from its glucose stores, otherwise you will constantly experience hunger pangs.
4. An increase in blood pressure
Being dehydrated means the water concentration in your blood might drop making it become thicker. The thicker your blood, the more difficult it is for your heart to pump it around your body and you will have to work harder which may result in high blood pressure.
5. Chapped lips…even when it’s not cold outside!
Do you suffer with dry chapped lips that crack easily, no matter how many lip scrubs or balms you try? Well, it turns out this could be a sign you are not drinking enough water meaning your body is dehydrated and will lack moisture resulting in dry lips.
6. Sugar cravings…ALL of the time
As we mentioned earlier, if your body doesn’t have enough water it will struggle to access the glucose stores for energy. This drop in energy will leave you craving foods high in sugar, when in reality all your body needs is more water. So when those cravings hit, make sure you hydrate!
7. A never-ending headache
Another knock-on effect of high blood pressure that may be caused by dehydration is possibly chronic headaches, which really aren’t pleasant and can disrupt your daily functioning. So, if you want to keep a clear head and avoid the pain, make sure you are drinking enough water!
8. Dry skin caused by a lack of moisture
Have you noticed your skin feels dry, even though you keep it clean and moisturised? Well, if you don’t drink enough water your skin may be dehydrated and this will dry it out. So if you want to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, drink more water!
9. Dark-coloured orange urine
If you’ve noticed your urine is dark in colour, this is a possible sign you’re not drinking enough water because if your body is hydrated enough it should be fairly clear in colour. If your body is deprived of water, urine will contain a concentrated amount of toxins which could make it darker in colour.
10. Frequent muscle cramps during exercise
If you frequently get muscle cramps, particularly when you’re exercising, it could be because you’re not drinking enough water. Our body sweats to cool us down, meaning if your body doesn’t have enough water to produce sweat it will result in severe muscle cramps.
11. An addiction to fizzy drinks
If you’re someone who finds themselves constantly having fizzy drinks throughout the day, it is highly likely you are not drinking enough water. Not only will your body be dehydrated, but the high volume of sugar in some of these drinks can have other negative health impacts.
12. Bad skin breakouts
Have you noticed that your skin has got worse and you’re getting more spots than usual? Well, this could be down to how much water you are drinking as your body needs to be hydrated to remove toxins from your system. If you’re not drinking enough water, these toxins might build up and cause breakouts.
13. Constantly feeling tired throughout the day
Most people are surprised that fatigue is a side-effect of not drinking enough water, but it is much more common than you think. Water is essential for all our bodily functions to keep working, so being dehydrated could mean your body will try and preserve energy and you might feel extremely tired.
14. A decrease in the number of toilet trips you’re making
This one is quite obvious but in case you hadn’t spotted the sign…if you don’t drink enough water, you probably won’t need to urinate as frequently. But this isn’t good for your body because your kidneys need fluids to work properly and flush out the toxins in your system.
15. Weight gain caused by endless snacking
As we mentioned earlier, drinking less water can lead to hunger pangs which will only lead to one thing…eating more throughout the day! So you can see how easy it could be to pile on the pounds if your body is dehydrated, as well as the fact it lowers your metabolic rate.
16. Being that person who is always ill…
We’ve all heard the advice “drink plenty of fluids” when we’re ill and this is to help our body flush out the toxins from our system which can make us unwell. So if you find you’re always getting poorly, it could be because you’re not drinking enough to keep your system healthy.
17. Feeling constipated even though you’re eating a balanced diet
You may associate constipation with the food you’re eating, not how much water you drink…but it turns out that water plays an important part in helping food move smoothly through your digestive system making it easier and more comfortable to go to the toilet.
18. Needing eye drops to soothe dry eyes
There may be a very easily solution to relieving dry eyes and ditching those eyedrops you’ve been using…drinking more water. If your body is dehydrated, your tear ducts may dry up and won’t be able to keep your eyes moist. So, make sure you are getting you’re 2 litres a day!
19. You’ve noticed you’re starting to look older…
Not many people know this but as we get older, we should actually be drinking even more water. This is because the volume of water our bodies can retain starts to decrease as we age, so if you’ve noticed a few wrinkles or grey hairs you might want to increase your water intake!
20. Mood swings you can’t control
This one may not be a direct result of being dehydrated, but a secondary effect of all the negative symptoms caused by not drinking enough water. Feeling lethargic and experiencing uncomfortable feelings could lead to uncontrollable mood swings and feeling irritable.
21. Low energy levels no matter how many hours of sleep you get
Drinking enough water is vital to keep your body going as it plays a big part in important functional processes like regulating your body temperature and metabolism. So when your body is dehydrated and it can’t keep functioning, your energy levels might drop.
22. Dizzy spells
As we mentioned previously, not drinking enough water can cause your blood to become thicker which makes it harder for your body to pump it around your system. This means your vital organs, including your brain, might not receive enough oxygen and you could start to feel dizzy.
23. Difficulty losing weight even if you’re watching what you eat
As we’ve mentioned above, dehydration can lead to hunger pangs and sugar cravings that can be difficult to satisfy. So if you’re not drinking enough water, there is a risk you will continue to give in to these cravings and keep snacking which could make it difficult to lose weight.
24. Bad body odour you can’t shift
You may not expect this one to be a sign you’re not drinking enough water, but it turns out that being dehydrated can cause unpleasant body odour. This is because if you’re dehydrated your body will sweat out even more toxins which can lead to a bad smelling odour.
25. Difficulty concentrating on your work
The combination of feeling tired and light-headed which may be caused by dehydration could result in brain fog which might make it difficult for you to maintain your concentration. So if you want to optimise your cognitive functioning, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water!
26. Drinking too much coffee every day
You’d be surprised how easy it is to not drink enough water throughout the day, especially if you are a big coffee fan…opting for your caffeine fix instead of water can become a dangerous habit, so make sure you are still keeping hydrated alongside your other beverage choices.
27. Your mouth is as dry as the Sahara Desert
Do you often suffer with a dry mouth, even after taking sips of water? Well, if you want to solve this problem you might need to keep taking more regular sips. Dehydration can dry out the mucus membranes in your mouth which may reduce the amount of saliva produced to keep your mouth moist.
28. Difficulty sleeping at night
We’ve seen how many negative symptoms can be caused by not drinking enough water, so it is no surprise that you may also have difficulty sleeping. If you’re body doesn’t stay hydrated it might be suffering on the inside, so keep drinking more water to get a good nights sleep!
29. A decrease in muscle mass…even though you’re hitting the gym
Our muscles are mostly comprised on water, meaning if you don’t drink enough water your muscle mass might decrease even if you are eating a protein-rich diet and working out. Research has suggested it is particularly important to keep hydrated before, during and after exercising to keep your muscles healthy and avoid inflammation.
30. Heartburn that sets your insides on fire!
Are you someone who suffers with heartburn and indigestion? Well, you could solve your stomach issues by drinking more water. If the human digestive system doesn’t stay hydrated, it might not produce enough mucus to neutralise stomach acid which can cause major problems.
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When you’re seriously lacking on water, the drop in blood pressure that occurs in your body can also make you feel nauseous. It might be rare, as dizziness is more common with dehydration, but there’s also the risk you might feel really sick, too.
32. You’re Finding It Impossible To Concentrate
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Before you start giving yourself a hard time about getting distracted and procrastinating, double check whether you’ve actually had enough water, because lack of can make it very hard to concentrate, too. Mild dehydrated can mean that your brain performance is lacking – meaning you can’t concentrate no matter how much you try!
33. You May Feel Lightheaded Enough To Pass Out
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In extreme cases of dehydration, you may feel so dizzy that you begin to stumble, feel very lightheaded and then maybe even pass out. Especially if you’re trying to do something strenuous with serious lack of water, like work out or carry in the heavy groceries.
34. You Get Joint Pain
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Think you were just getting old? Or maybe you already are but you’re having more joint pain than usual. Joint pain can be a key sign because your cartilage and spinal discs consist of around 80% water. Which means if your water content is lacking, these things are going to be dry as a bone – as it were – and grinding against each other.
35. You Stay Sick For Longer When You Do Get Ill
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Not only do you find yourself getting sick more often, but it takes you aaaages to recover when you actually do fall ill. While other people are usually bouncing back from colds ridiculously quickly, you might find that illnesses floor you for a much longer period of time.
36. You Get Bad Digestive Problems
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Staying hydrated means allowing the digestive system to remain squeaky-clean in terms of the way it works. Without the right amount of water, the acid in your stomach has more of a free reign than it usually would to cause havoc on the body’s digestive system.
37. You’re Getting UTIs
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tract infections or UTIs often arise after bacteria has entered into our bodies through sexual intercourse or failing to wipe from front to back after using the bathroom, or dehydration. Drinking water helps to flush bacteria from our bladders, thus preventing infection from setting in. Warning signs that our water intake is too low include dark colored urine or a decreased need to urinate at all.
38. Dull Looking Skin
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Not only can lack of water dry out your skin, it can also give you a very full complexion. Your skin might look very pale, ashy and less-than-radiant (on the face especially) alongside any dry skin issues you might be having.
39. You May Feel Disorientated
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Feeling disoriented can leave you ‘not with it’, very confused and interrupt your entire day because you just can’t get a handle on things. Lack of water can affect both the body and mind, and this is just one example of how it can leave your mind all muddled.
40. Problems With Memory
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Noticed you’ve been more forgetful than usual recently? You may want to check your water levels. Lack of water can prevent your brain from functioning properly in terms of what you can remember, too. It may mean you’re wandering into rooms and forgetting what you went in there for, or just experiencing a huge brain fog.
41. Irritability Is Your Middle Name
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Being moody doesn’t always mean you’re lacking water, but if you’re finding yourself being ridiculously irritable, snapping at everything and having very little patience, it may be because you need water. In the same way people can be HangryTM, you can get snappy when you need water, too.
42. Heart Palpitations
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Lack of water and dehydration can cause your heart to react, such as with palpitations, fluttering heartbeat or even a pounding heartbeat. Your heart health can be impacted if you’re not staying on top of regular water consumption alongside a healthy diet.
43. Sunken Eyes
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The skin around the eyes is very thin, which means it’s going to be more obvious in this spot when your skin hasn’t got enough water. You could experience sunken eyes if you’re severely dehydrated, meaning your eyes may look droopy, dark or be lined with circles.
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In extreme cases of dehydration, you may also experience a fever, or chills. This is actually a serious warning sign that you’re very, very dehydrated! When your body doesn’t have enough essential fluids, it’s going to struggle to maintain your body temperature, which can then lead to fever or chills.
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As mentioned, lack of water can lead the brain to be very muddled indeed. In very severe cases of dehydrated, your mind may become very confused and you may find it difficult to think straight or function.
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In very, very extreme cases – and especially in older people – this can lead to delirium. You could become very confused, disoriented, suffer memory loss and have a lot of symptoms that may be similar to dementia in some people. This is because your brain isn’t functioning with lack of water.
47. Frequent Afternoon Slumps
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We all get that post-lunchtime slump, and there’s just something about 3pm onwards that leaves us mentally checking out for the day, but sometimes that can also be down to dehydration rather than you just hating your job. You might become lethargic a lot more easily during the day.
48. Mental Sluggishness
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Don’t try to take on any important tasks or solve a difficult puzzle if you’re dehydrated because chances are your sluggish brain won’t be able to cope. A muddled mind can be a key sign you need to have another big gulp of water!
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While dehydration can cause bad headaches, it can also cause severe migraines, which are even worse. Migraines are more extreme than a general aching head, and may leave you unable to function properly if they’re particularly painful. If you’re already prone to migraines anyway, lack of water could also trigger that.
50. You’re Reading This!
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A key sign you’re not drinking enough water can be the fact that you Googled whether you’re drinking enough water, and stuck with us this far. How many points sound like you? Did you bother to drink any water while reading this article? Try to keep a bottle next to you!