3. Dark Yellow Urine
The different urine shades can serve as indicators of various health conditions, from dehydration to more severe diseases like bladder cancer.
Less than 4-5 trips a day with dark urine of amber or honey colour are signs that you’re not taking sufficient fluids. This is usually because the kidneys responsible for filtering waste, are trying to retain water to perform their functions due to low body water levels.
Since there is less water in the urine, the compounds and toxins become more concentrated, which is why the darker, unhealthy colour. Pale to light yellow urine indicates you’re drinking enough water.
4. Hunger after Eating
Dehydration can confuse your body into thinking it needs food when it just needs to rehydrate. Hunger due to dehydration can happen either during the day or at night when you wake up craving that midnight snack. Rather than satisfying your appetite, eating makes your body heavier, whereas drinking water cleanses your system and provide you with the necessary electrolyte to perform other functions.
This confusion of feeling hungry instead of thirsty happens in the hypothalamus, the part of our brain responsible for controlling thirst and appetite. If you find yourself feeling hungry just after eating, it may be your hypothalamus going haywire. Instead of going for extra helpings, drink water and see if you’re still hungry.
Is it taking longer than usual in the toilet? These may be your body telling you that you’re not drinking enough water. Aside from its many other functions, water helps promote good digestion and regular bowel movements through your intestines and ensure your intestines are smooth and flexible.
When you don’t drink enough water, the fluids in the body won’t be sufficient to move the food you eat through your intestines, leading to constipation, gas and bloating, or even worse, excretion of undigested food. If you are experiencing this condition and you’re looking for a quick way to ease it, drink plenty of water every day.
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