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10 things that can happen if you don’t drink enough water

Up to 50-75% of the human adult body is water. It is a known fact that humans need water in order to survive but what will happen if we don’t drink enough water?

1. You will experience dry mouth

This is one of the very first signs that you need to drink more water. Lip balm might be a quick solution to this but to truly combat it, simply drink water. If you hate the taste of plain water, try to infuse some fruits in it.

2. Dry skin

If you’re experiencing dry, flaky and uneven skin tone, don’t worry about spending money or doing intensive research on good moisturisers or lotions, you can fix it simply by drinking more water.


Water is an important element to keep things moving in your digestive system. Without enough water, the process can stop and your body can’t function in a way it should be working.

4.Water retention

Why does this happen? When your body doesn’t get enough water, it tends to hang on to all the droplets of water it can get. As a result, you may feel puffiness in your face and around your fingers.

5. Headaches and fatigue

Also, one of the very first clues that you’re in need of water. Before you start popping any paracetamol, you might want to track down your water intake first.

6.Your cells shrink!

It is as scary as it sounds. Do you know that your body soaks up fluid from the excess swimming around your cells? If you don’t drink much water, your cells will shrink and you will be dehydrated on a cellular level.

7.Dark-coloured urine

The easiest way to tell if you’re dehydrated is through your urine colour. If it’s dark then drink up!

8.Blood becomes more concentrated

This is dangerous! If you ignore this symptom then your body will retain water from your kidney. Your cardiovascular system will have to work extra hard by increasing your heart rate to maintain blood pressure.

9. More likely to develop kidney stones

Your kidneys rely on water to function. Basically, your kidneys’ function is to filter waste material from food, medications and toxic substances. Without enough water diluting it, our kidneys need to work harder and that will cause kidney stones in the long term.

10. You may experience ‘hyperthemia’

Hyperthemia is a condition of high body temperature caused by the failure of the body’s heat-regulating mechanisms to deal with the heat coming from the environment. Symptoms of hyperthemia include nausea, headache, dizziness, hot, red, and dry skin. If you’re doing any physical activity outside make sure you drink enough water.

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