Every day, your body needs a certain amount of water just to function. Water can wake you up, help you think, and help your body do all the things it's meant to do. Although you may know the eight glasses a day recommendation, some days it's difficult to make that happen. Whether it's because you're drinking other things (coffee all day, every day) or you're just busy and it's not a priority, sometimes your water intake is bound to lag. And, as it turns out, there can be some weird signs you're not drinking enough water. In fact, you may experience these signs regularly, but not know what's causing them.
You should consult your doctor in order to know how much water you should be drinking daily, according to Harvard Health Letter, because the exact amount can vary from person to person based on a person's health status as well as their age and gender. Generally speaking, healthy people should be OK drinking four to six cups of water daily, as noted by the aforementioned Harvard Health Letter article. And although fruit juice, milk, fresh fruit, coffee and tea do count toward your daily fluid intake, according to WebMD, they come with additional calories and sugar which isn't ideal. If you start to (or already do) exhibit any of these signs and symptoms, get thee to a water fountain - you just might need good old H2O.