Water is a vital part of our lives. It makes up about 70% of the human body and 70% of our brains. Often, we can see the signs of dehydration from a mile away—dark urine, infrequent urination, headaches…the list goes on. But what about the hidden signs? As summer approaches and temperatures start to increase, make sure you’re on the lookout for these six “secret” signs.
Of the secret signs, this is the most obvious. When you neglect your water intake, the mucus membranes in your mouth that usually lubricate it with saliva become dry. Drinking water actually helps hydrate these membranes, increasing your saliva production, keeping your mouth from desert-like conditions.
Sometimes, we attribute our dry skin to our air conditions. Perhaps you live in a dry area, or the air in your home doesn’t get enough moisture. While these could be possible factors, dehydration is a significant player in the cause of dry skin. Dry skin is one of the earliest signs of dehydration. After all, skin is the body’s largest organ. And just like the brain, it’s an organ that requires water to maintain its wellbeing.
Some people are more predisposed to dry eyes than others, but we can all suffer if we put our hydration in jeopardy. When we become dehydrated, our tear ducts are the first to malfunction. They stop producing tears, the main lubrication of your eyes. Without them, it’s dry eyes galore—and that’s no fun.
Aside from various dryness, a hidden sign of dehydration is staying sicker longer. When you consistently consume water, you’re helping flush out nasty toxins that could make you sick. And though your organs do this on their own, they need the help of, you guessed it, drinking water. It’s the same as fueling a machine. Water is the fuel and your body is the machine.
Did you know that when your body is dehydrated, it actually takes water from your blood to compensate? It’s true. This dehydrates the blood, decreasing its oxygen content, which means it’s unable to provide the right amount of oxygen to organs throughout the body. This lack in oxygen causes fatigue, aka, your afternoon nap.
If you ever feel like you can’t eat enough to satiate your cravings, you might be dehydrated! Sometimes our bodies confuse hunger with thirst, and when we give it food instead of water, it gives the body much more work. Drinking water provides fast fuel to help the body do what it needs to do—keep you alive.
THE RIGHT WATER, THE RIGHT WAY
Not all water is created equal. If you face any of these problems, it’s important to combat them with the best water possible. You should immediately rule out your tap water, because it can contain lead, harmful microorganisms and trace pharmaceuticals. In addition, bottled water can contain microplastics, and it creates unneeded plastic waste that eventually finds its way into the ocean.
So, what’s to be done? Choosing Primo® Water is your best bet at mitigating these hidden signs of dehydration. With our 5-step Reverse Osmosis (RO) purification system, we rid our water from all those scary things—lead, harmful bacteria, trace pharmaceuticals and more. Not to mention, bulk water users drink 25% more water on average. Not only would you be drinking better, safer water, but you’d be drinking even more of it. That’s big. It’s just one of the many benefits you’ll get when you experience The Primo Effect. Find Primo Water near you and experience it for yourself.
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