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How to Know That Your Body is Properly Hydrated

As summer knocks at our door, the familiar mantra of “drink more water, drink more water” echoes through the air, reminding us of the importance of staying hydrated to beat the heat. Hydration means giving your body the water it needs for all its jobs, including regulating body temperature, aiding digestion, and transporting nutrients. But how do you truly know if your body is adequately hydrated? Here are some signs to look out for:

1. Urine Colour:

One of the easiest ways to gauge hydration levels is by observing the colour of your urine. Clear or pale-yellow urine typically indicates good hydration, while dark yellow or amber-coloured urine may suggest dehydration.

Overhydration can also be risky too. Learn more about the signs of overhydration from the following blog link below 👇👇

2. Frequency of Urination:

A well-hydrated body usually leads to regular urination throughout the day. If you find yourself going long periods without urinating, it could be a sign that you need to drink more water.

3. Thirst:

Depending entirely on the feeling of thirst to prompt us to drink water might not be adequate. Once we sense thirst, our body is already dehydrated and could be encountering its consequences. Likewise, merely drinking to satisfy thirst does not completely hydrate the body.

Once you sense thirst, your body is already de hydrated

4. Skin Elasticity:

Hydrated skin tends to be more elastic and supple. You can perform a simple skin pinch test by gently pinching the skin on the back of your hand. If the skin snaps back quickly, it’s a good indication of proper hydration.

5. Energy Levels:

Dehydration can lead to feelings of fatigue and low energy. If you find yourself consistently tired or lacking energy, increasing your water intake may help improve your vitality.

Fatigue and excess sweating - helps you to know if body is properly hydrated

6. Breath and Dry Mouth:

Saliva is essential for oral health. It aids in removing food particles and bacteria and supports the health of your mouth’s soft and hard tissues. When your mouth doesn’t make enough saliva to keep it moist, it can become dry. Dry mouth and bad breath can be indicators of dehydration.

7. Sweat Rate:

Pay attention to your sweat rate during physical activity. Sweating is your body’s way of cooling down, but excessive sweating without sufficient fluid intake can lead to dehydration.

8. Overall Well-Being:

Optimal hydration contributes to overall well-being, including better concentration, mood stability, and improved physical performance.

In conclusion, staying optimally hydrated is vital for maintaining good health. By paying attention to these signs and drinking water regularly throughout the day, you can ensure that your body remains properly hydrated.

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