Not drinking enough water? Turns out your body could be telling you in many different ways that it's dehydrated...
You’ve probably heard that the fact that even if you’re not feeling thirsty you’re body might still be in need of water. But you might not have realised there are some very random signs that’s your body’s way of saying “I need water NOW!”
Yep, that’s right it’s not just headaches and dizziness, your body has so many different ways of telling you its thirsty.
Water is great for our brains, muscles and skin so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting those eight glasses a day…
Here are the 6 weird signs you might be dehydrated:
1. You’re not sweating during workouts
Our bodies can actually stop us from sweating if we’re not getting enough water into our systems, so not only will we be thirsty, but out bodies won’t cool us down by sweating so the heat just stays TRAPPED INSIDE!
2. Your oily skin has dry patches
Yep, just because you’ve got oily skin, you can get dry patches if you’re dehydrated because skin that doesn’t have enough water is lacking in moisture and not oil.
3. You’re constantly hungry
Ever had one of those days where you just can’t and won't stop eating?! Well there’s nothing wrong with your stomach (despite what the people around you may think!), you’re probably just thirsty.
Alissa Rumsey, spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said, “Mild dehydration is often masked as feelings of hunger, when really your body just needs fluids.”
Apparently the problem is caused by confusion in the hypothalamus which regulates appetite and thirst. It’s this confusion that causes you to reach for food rather than water.
4. You’re always getting sick
Are you the person who’s had more sick days than anyone else in the office? Start drinking! Because every organ in the body relies on water, if you don’t drink enough your cells don’t get the right nutrients and minerals they need. You then get a lack of moisture in your mouth, nose and throat and it’s this that makes you sick.
5. You can’t lose weight despite eating healthily
It’s one of the most frustrating things to do everything properly only to have it thrown in your face when you step on the scales and see the same number you saw the week earlier.
Staying hydrated is a big part of succeeding on your diet and if you’re dehydrated your metabolism slows down and affects your body’s ability to burn fat. This also has to do with the whole “brain-can’t-decide-if-it’s-hungry-or-thirsty” thing!
So stick to your 8 glasses of water (or more if you’re working out, it’s super hot, or eating something super salty!) and you should be kicking goals!