In our day, there’s always a more “interesting” or “fun” option than water. It might have started with carbonated soda, which produced several decades where drinking plain water wasn’t even in the cards for most people. It just didn’t taste as good.
Even today, we’ve got all manner of flavored drinks and flavored water that seem to call for our affection. But what about just plain old water?
Not only is it good for you, but in terms of basic, healthy living, it’s essential to get plenty of it on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most people don’t drink a lot of plain water, and depending on what they’re replacing it with, the effects can range from mild discomfort, to severe health problems that can’t be reversed.
The bottom line is that our bodies were designed to run on water, so drinking a lot of it is one of the best things we can do for our overall health.
Eight cups (glasses) per day is what most doctors recommend, and going beyond that certainly won’t hurt you.
With that in mind, how can we truly know whether or not we’re getting enough water?
Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough
We’re not so much looking for signs of dehydration, because those are more likely to be isolated instances. These symptoms are instead the result of chronic avoidance of plain water, and poor habits that have been established over the long term.
If you’re not sure whether you need to drink more water, here are a few things that can happen when you’re not getting enough. I’ll let you be the judge.
1. Tiredness or Fatigue — Every part of your body needs water to function, so the less of it you have, the more your body is going to have to work to stay energized and keep moving. When that happens, you’ll experience a lot of fatigue and low-energy levels throughout the day. Instead of downing a coke or coffee, a couple glasses of water might be all you need.
2. Dark Colored Urine — One of the simplest ways to tell if you’re getting enough water is the color of your urine. Ideally, your urine should be clear, and if it’s a darker yellow color that means you’re not getting enough water, plain and simple.
3. Digestive Problems — You don’t necessarily have to drink a lot of water with a meal, as not everyone likes to do that. But you need to have it at some point throughout your day to help with digestion. If you’re not getting enough water, stomach pain and cramping is one of the earliest symptoms of dehydration, so if you suffer from any kind of stomach pain, water might be all you need to alleviate it.
4. Weight Gain — Over time, not getting enough water can actually cause you to gain weight, depending on what you’re drinking as a substitute, such as carbonated or sugary drinks.
Reasons to Drink More
Drinking more water benefits you in terms of your overall health and in a number of specific ways as well. Most notably, you’ll have an easier time feeling full, both during and between meals and will be less likely to overeat. You’ll also have more energy throughout the day and will be able recover more quickly from physical activity and exercise.
Water is also one of the most effective detoxifying agents for the human body, so the more you drink, the cleaner your body will be, especially if you’re able to drink a lot of water in conjunction withcleaner eating.
In short, everything works better when you’re drinking water, because that’s how your body was designed to function. Drink plenty throughout the day, whether you’re thirsty or not, and you’ll absolutely notice a difference in how you feel and how your body responds.