How Do I Know If I'm Drinking Enough Water?

Did you know that around 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? That sounds like a shocking statistic, but it’s easier to not drink enough water than you might think!

We’ve all probably heard that drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for your health, but how do you know if you’re having enough? AFC Urgent Care Sevierville is here to provide some answers.

How Does a Lack of Water Affect Me?

More than half of your body weight is made up of water, and 90% of your blood is made of water. So, in short, if you’re consistently not drinking enough water then things are bound to go wrong.

When the normal water content of your body is reduced, it will upset the balance of minerals in your body, which will affect the way it functions. In addition, water is used to lubricate joints and eyes, it aids in digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keep the skin healthy. Stay hydrated if you want to stay healthy!

Signs of Dehydration

  • Feeling thirsty and lightheaded
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Urinating less than usual

How Much Water Should I Drink a Day?

You might have heard the age-old rule that says you should drink eight cups a day. While it’s a fine guide, how much water someone should consume depends on their lifestyle. How active you are, where you live and your overall health are things to consider when figuring out how much water you need every day.

Another great way to know if you’re hydrated or not is by checking the color of your urine. Clear or pale yellow means you’re good to go and darker means fill the water bottle up.

Benefits of Staying Hydrated

  • Delivers oxygen throughout the body
  • Lubricates your joints
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Boosts performance during exercise

Feeling dehydrated or in need of a boost? Walk in to AFC Urgent Care Sevierville for a checkup today!