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The 6 Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water (and How to Fix It)

The 6 Signs You Are Not Drinking Enough Water (and How to Fix It)

Three out of four Americans are chronically dehydrated in the United States. Most people are not even aware they are not drinking enough water. Your body will start to show and tell you with signs that you are not drinking enough water. When you begin to realize it, that is the time to fix it. Here are some of the signs and how to turn things around.

Dry Skin

Your dry skin relies on you being dehydrated. One way to tell that you don’t have enough water is to look at your skin. Water is necessary to run all your organs in the body. When you are dehydrated, your body cannot perform properly or flush toxins. Without adequate moisture, your skin becomes dull and dry, rather than plump and moisturized. Drinking water will help you flush out toxins and replenish the skin tissues.


It may already be too late, but an obvious sign of dehydration is feeling thirsty. The body borrows water and allocates it to other areas of need in the body. This creates a feeling of thirst, which is a sign liquids need to be replenished. Thirst is not the best indicator of hydration because by the time you are thirsty, you are dehydrated.

Dark Urine

One of the best indicators of being dehydrated is the color of your urine. It may sound weird, but it is the best way to tell. Your body retains water to preserve some in the system. Your kidneys have to work harder to keep urine concentrated so the body can hold onto as much water as possible. Urine darkens the more concentrated it becomes, so it will become darker in color.

Bad Breath

When you don’t drink enough water, you will have bad breath. The saliva in your body creates a clean lubricant in the mouth which kills bacteria. Without it, bacteria thrive. As the bacteria thrive, your breath will smell.

Frequent Headaches

A glass of water may help a headache. When you are dehydrated, the tissue in your brain loses water, which results in temporary brain shrinkage. The brain contracts from the skull, setting off pain receptors, resulting in a headache. Dehydration decreases blood volume which reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain, leading to headaches.


Your mood may be on edge and you don’t realize it. It can impact how you communicate with others, perform at work, exercise, or study. Dehydration impairs your ability to respond normally to people so be sure to drink enough to keep your mood in check.

Drinking enough water is hard when you are addicted to substances or drinking alcohol. You may be in a constant negative space of not having enough water in your system. Serenity Detox will help you focus on getting your health on track with our recovery program. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401