Dehydration and the Need for Water

by Andrew Atkinson on July 31, 2020

Water is the cheapest drink and the most readily available. We’re lucky to live in an environment where fresh drinking water is always on hand and where one of the staples of life flows straight from a faucet. Yet, there are thousands of people that still don’t drink as much as they should.

How do you know if you’re drinking the right amount? Can you identify dehydration? How can you remember to drink more?

How Much You Should Be Drinking

Aim to drink about 8 cups of water each day. The amount might vary a little from one day to the next, but you should always have the same goal in mind. On a colder day you might not need a whole 8 cups of water and on a warmer day you might need more, but on average it’s a good amount to work towards.

The Signs of Dehydration

Thirst is the first sign of dehydration, before things get serious. Unfortunately, many of us ignore our thirst and in some cases people can even mistake it for hunger! Being distracted can stop us from realising that we’re thirsty, and those early signs might even come with a rumble in the stomach that will have you reaching for a cookie rather than a cup of water.

Leave things too long and you might find that your skin is less flexible – pinch your arm and it might not move back to its old shape as quickly as it should! Dark yellow urine is another sign that you’re not drinking enough, and you might also get a headache.

Drink Little and Often

Rushing down a whole cup of water in one go might make you feel ill, so instead take small sips throughout the day. Try and set a trigger, for example drinking every time the commercials start on TV. Over time, you’ll develop a habit of drinking regularly to avoid dehydration.