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6 signs your body is dehydrated

There is one beauty + health essential that is totally free: water. You probably already know the human body is made up of water (about 70%), but did you know that your skin is made up of 64% water? No wonder it can totally change the way your skin looks and feels.

Not only that, it's on the easiest ways to cut down on snacking and help with weight-loss efforts.

Ideally, we should be aiming for 8 glasses of the clear stuff a day - but I never seem to have the same-size glass and find it difficult to track when I'm out of the office.

So how do we know if you're well-hydrated?

Thankfully though since our body is much smarter than we are.  There are some pretty simple signs that you can look out for to notice whether or not you are dehydrated:

#1. Your pee is a dark colour

Not glamorous I know, but it is effective.

#2. You have a headache

How many times have you told someone that you have a headache and their first response is always ‘You need to drink more water’?! We get it.

#3. You start craving ALL the food

Your body is dehydrated and confused, so yes it thinks you need that cupcake. Why you ask? Some of the organs in your body that break down food, like the liver, need water to release glycogen (stored glucose) to create energy. Hence the sugary cravings.

#4. You have muscle cramps

If you work out and sweat, you will be losing electrolytes like sodium. Once that happens then the muscle cramps can start. Rehydrate with water and pinch of pink salt.

#5. Your skin is dry AF

When your body is low on hydration, it will draw stores from your skin, causing your skin to lose its glow and even become itchy, dry and flaky.

#6. You’re irritable

Yes, there is a dehydrated version of being hangry. Although I don’t what that’s called, maybe thangry?

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Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

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