A Woman Suffering From Dehydration

    Published: July 29, 2015

    What happens when you don’t drink enough water?

    We all need a minimum amount of water to survive; however, this isn’t necessarily enough to keep us feeling our best. If you’ve been skimping on hydration, here are some potential effects it could have on your physical well-being.

    Why We Need Water

    Water plays an essential role in countless chemical functions that allow our cells to survive and thrive. At the same time, it also plays a number of other key roles, including:

    • Waste removal
    • Temperature regulation
    • Tissue protection
    • Joint lubrication

    With this in mind, it’s easy to see why we feel dehydration all over our bodies. The most common symptoms include:

    • Dry skin
    • Headaches
    • Low blood pressure
    • Dry mouth
    • Fatigue

    How Much Is Enough?A Woman Suffering From Dehydration

    In general, women should consume approximately nine cups of water every day, while men require closer to thirteen. Obviously, however, physical exertion, warm temperatures, and other factors may result in the need for more. Usually, you can determine your hydration needs based on urine color: anything darker than a faint transparent yellow means you need more water.

    Practical Solutions

    For many people, busy schedules make it hard to consume enough water throughout the day. If this is a struggle for you, try to create reminders on your smartphone telling you to stop and have a cup of water. You can also create routines, during which you drink a cup of water before using the bathroom, brushing your teeth, or any other regular activity you do on a daily basis.

    If you don’t like the taste of water, try eating fruits that contain ample water, such as strawberries, apricots, grapes, tomatoes, zucchini and, of course, watermelon. You can also drastically improve the taste of water with Pelican’s H2Go Infuser bottle. By allowing you to infuse the taste of your favorite fruit, these handy, BPA-free glass bottles make it easy to stay hydrated. Add citrus, kiwi, berries, or mint to turn ordinary H2O into a delicious treat that will keep your body running in high gear.