A true fact that may surprise you is that 75% of Americans may suffer from dehydration. With the surplus of soda and coffee as a placeholder for actual hydrating beverages, it’s no wonder! But with new infused water recipes like this Watermelon Cucumber Mint Water and others from around the web, it’s getting easier and more fun to keep yourself and your family happily hydrated. Here are a few quick tips to tell whether you’re getting enough water each day.
1. YOU’RE MORE HUNGRY THAN USUAL.
Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, which can lead to overeating. This is because, as we age, our ability to discern thirst from hunger decreases. So, how do we combat this?
One tried and true trick you can adopt toward staving off false hunger and overeating is this, at the first signs of hunger, drink a glass of water. If you are still hungry after that, it is likely you are actually hungry, but sometimes you will find that the sensation you identified as hunger was actually thirst and has gone away with proper hydration.
2. YOUR SKIN FAILS THE “PINCH TEST”.
Hydrated skin has a suppleness to it the bounces back and resists sagging. When dehydration sets in, the sagging begins. Try this simple pinch test. Pinch yourself and your skin should rebound immediately afterward. If it doesn’t, you could be dehydrated. Grab a glass and get chugging.
3. YOUR PIPES ARE PLUGGED.
One very sure way to keep stock of your body’s health and happiness is to listen to your digestive and excretory systems. If you’re not, er, regular, this could be your body’s way of telling you that you need to drink more water.
Keeping the “pipes” lubed, so to speak, is a really good way to ensure everything is working well. (That and getting enough fiber, of course!) If your trips to the throne room are a little longer than you’d like, try downing a glass or two before your next visit.
4. YOUR PEE IS VERY YELLOW.
Check to see what color your pee is. If it is a good, pale yellow, you’re good on the H2O. If it is too bright, you know you’ve got to chug a glass or two quick. Check out this graph by DripDrop.com.
You also may not want to see completely clear pee. This could mean you are fine but it also could mean you are over-hydrating or have some other health problem. If your urine is clear, you may want to cut back on the water as you may risk water intoxication, or water poisoning. If cutting back does not bring some sunny yellow back to your toilet bowl, you may consider getting it checked out by a doctor. Read more on this here.
5. YOU’RE GETTING HEADACHES.
Within your skull, your brain is suspended within a fluid sack that must be, well, fluid. When you are dehydrated, your body is depleted of the liquid that helps to suspend the brain from pushing against the inside of your skull. Your brain knocking around in there produces headaches. Not a pleasant thought…or sensation for that matter. Staying hydrated will keep your brain and head in good working order.
I hope these tips have helped you to navigate your way toward a more hydrated you. To help you along the way, you might also like to get your hands on this fruit infuser water bottle. Make drinking infused water convenient at work or at school for the whole family. This one is really high quality (and we’ve tried our share of infusers) and from a very good company.
Especially with the summer months coming, staying hydrated is crucial. Help yourself and your loved ones by mixing up a big pitcher of this Watermelon Cucumber Mint Water. Then, get creative and try out your own combinations. We’ve come up with a bunch of them ourselves. If you are interested in getting your hands on them, sign up for our FREE InfuseLife Fruit Infused Water Tips & Recipes eBook.