5 Serious Signs You Need More Water

Dry mouth is the most obvious sign you’re not drinking enough water. Here are 5 other surprising signs that can reveal chronic dehydration, a serious threat to your overall health.

If you happen to be experiencing any of the following signs, consult a medical professional and ask for guidance, especially since some of these can be symptoms linked to more severe conditions like chronic dry eyes or diabetes.

Joint Pain

Although often overlooked, studies have shown your body’s cartilage consists of 80% water, and increasing hydration may alleviate inflammation.

Frequent Headaches

Your brain and body rely on water to function effectively. Drinking a glass of fresh water can reduce that achy pressure or brain-fog from dehydration.

Hunger Pangs

Most people eat when they feel hungry, but did you know your body may just be signaling that it needs more water. Drinking water before your meals has an added benefit of decreasing the amount of food your body requires to feel full, making it easier to avoid overeating.


Conventional treatments such as stool softeners and laxatives can cause a variety of side effects, including severe dehydration. By increasing your water consumption throughout the day, you will make stool softer and keep your digestive track well-lubricated for much more comfortable, consistent movements.

Premature Aging

Aging decreases our body’s ability to retain water. Consistently drinking water throughout your day promotes healthy skin, hair, eyes, and overall bodily function. Always have a glass or bottle of water nearby, before, after, and in-between meals can be an elixir of life as we age!

Optimal hydration can vary from person to person, considering physical activity and climate. 64 oz of water per day is a good starting point for most people; however, 1/2 oz to 1 oz of water per pound of body weight is a more precise way to ensure a healthy, fully hydrated mind and body!