5 Signs You're Dehydrated

Hydration is perhaps the single most important element of our health. Without adequate hydration our bodies would crumble rapidly since 2/3 of our body is made up of water.
Often the first sign we notice that we're feeling dehydrated is thirst, but surprisingly it isn't the only sign.  Our body tells us our water levels are running low through our breath, skin, body temperature and general feeling of wellbeing.
Let's dive into what some of the signs of dehydration are and why they cause the effects they do.
5 Signs you're body is running low on water are;

💧 You feel dizzy or lightheaded.

  • When you don't drink enough fluids, your blood volume decreases. This lowers your blood pressure, which means that the blood going to your brain also drops. And this is what can cause dizziness and light-headedness.

💧 You feel your muscles cramping.

  • Reduced blood flow to the muscles, an imbalance in electrolytes, and decreased blood volume can prompt the muscles to cramp, contract, and spasm.

💧 You're noticing dark urine.

  • When you're dehydrated, your kidneys try to hang onto as much water as possible. So, when you go to the bathroom, your urine has less water in it. Fluids help to dilute the urine. The fewer fluids you're drinking, the less your urine can be diluted, and the darker (and smellier) it'll be.

💧 Frequent headaches.

Dehydration can cause headaches for a number of reasons;

  1. It can cause the body to lose electrolytes, which can lead to muscle cramps and headaches.
  2. Blood vessels constrict, which can lead to headaches.
  3. The brain can literally shrink, pulling away from the skull. This puts pressure on your nerves and causes pain, which can also lead to headaches.

💧 You're feeling fatigued or lethargic.

  • A decrease in blood pressure can lead to poor circulation and a decrease in the blood flow to your brain. This is what ultimately leads to feelings of exhaustion.
  • Furthermore, your heart has to work harder to pump blood, nutrients, and oxygen throughout your body. This can further cause tiredness.
Drinking enough water and keeping well hydrated is essential for maintaining healthy bodily functions such as, the correct blood pressure, maintaining healthy circulation to allow sufficient nutrient delivery into cells, allowing organs to function properly as well as helping you to sleep better and have a sharper mind focus.
Regular coffee drinkers don't experience the mild diuretic effects of coffee a recent study out of Harvard university found and in fact these drinkers were actually better hydrated than non coffee drinkers!
Coffee really is a superfood!