How Do You Know if You’re Drinking Enough Water?


Each day, your body regularly releases water through urine and sweat glands – even when you’re not purposely working up a sweat. As a result, you have to constantly replenish this fluid. Your water requirement can also vary wildly from day to day depending on a number of factors, such as your activity level and weather conditions. Every body is different, but the body of an average adult is over 60% water. Once your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty or by presenting other more subtle signals. Other signals include:
  • Fatigue and/or mood swings
  • Hunger even though you’ve recently eaten
  • Back or joint aches
  • Dull, dry skin and/or pronounced wrinkles
  • Infrequent urination; dark, concentrated urine, and/or constipation
Besides listening to your thirst, a good rule of thumb is to look at the color of your urine. Drink enough water to turn your urine a light-colored yellow. Frequency of urination can also be used to judge your water intake. If your urine is scant or if you haven’t urinated in several hours, that too is an indication you need to drink more.
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