Just like food, we cannot do without water. It regulates your body temperature, transports nutrients to other parts of our body, prevents constipation and protects our joints. In addition, water contributes to all processes in our body. Enough reasons why we need it.
But exactly how much water should you drink? This is different for each individual. The body consists of 60% water and therefore drinking 2 liters of water per day is always recommended. If you are pregnant, have a lot of sports or have diseases, this can fluctuate. If you doubt your intake, it is wise to discuss this with a specialist.
1. You are constantly thirsty
Those who are thirsty must drink, it is that simple. People who drink little pee are probably not enough, peeing 10 times a day is a healthy average – if you are below you know that you have to drink a little extra. Drink when you are thirsty and always have a bottle nearby.
2. You have a headache
People who often suffer from headache or migraine often drink too little water. Dehydration can be a plausible reason for this, which has to do with a decreased blood volume. This can reduce the oxygen supply of the brain, because the blood does not reach the brain as it should go.
3. Bad breath
Dehydration can cause halitosis (a fancy name for bad breath) that can be caused by the bacteria in our mouth. This is because they can multiply if you are dehydrated. Drinking a few glasses of water between meals can help to wash away food particles and keep the right amount of saliva in your mouth.
4. Continuous hunger
People often think that they are hungry when in fact they are thirsty. When someone is dehydrated, the hypothalamus (part of our brain) sometimes cannot recognize the difference between the two. Therefore always take a glass of water first, if this does not help you can switch to food.
5. You cannot concentrate
You may have difficulty concentrating if you do not drink enough. We wrote it before but with a lack of water it is possible that the blood supply to the brain is less. And therefore it cannot receive the correct amount of oxygen and nutrients (which it needs to function) properly.
6. You suffer from constipation
If you drink too little, “going to the toilet” can be quite a chore. Your intestines need enough water to do their job. Without sufficient fluid, your body cannot properly process the food, your bowel movements become dry and therefore cannot go outside easily.