Water is necessary for life. We wouldn’t be here without it, and we wouldn’t continue living if we stopped drinking it. Despite this, so many of us still don’t drink enough water, meaning our body might be getting nutrients in terms of food, but will become dehydrated to the point that it cannot function as efficiently as it should, or could.
It’s generally recommended that a person drinks around half a gallon of water during a day, which equates to around eight glasses that hold eight ounces of water each. You can drink either plain water or juice, tea, or other liquids, but it’s obviously always recommended that you drink as much plain water as possible. Many soft drinks will contain lots of chemicals that might, over time, do your body harm.
So how do you know if you’re not getting enough water? You need to look out for signs of dehydration. Take a look at these 11 signs that you might not be drinking enough water, and if any of them apply to you, it’s time to start drinking more!
1. You have a dry mouth
This is the most obvious thing to look out for. When you don’t drink enough water, you’re going to have a dry mouth. And interestingly, it might also be a sign that you’re drinking too many sugary drinks. Even if you drink lots of soft drinks during the day, it’s likely you’ll still get a dry, sticky feeling in your mouth as a result of the sugar.
Only when you drink water do the mucus membranes within the mouth and the threat get lubricated properly. This will allow your mouth to stay moist and avoid that dry, uncomfortable feeling.