With the arrival of summer, the focus on dehydration returns. This problem affects many Italians and causes headaches and other symptoms but can be recognized with a do-it-yourself test in seconds. Here’s how to do it.
The test to determine if you should drink more water
Most everyone remembers to drink water during the day. But few drink enough. The number of glasses to drink each day depends on weight, sex, age, sporting activity … But as a guide, you should never drink less than 2-2.5 liters of water a day. Otherwise, you risk dehydration. This problem affects many Italians and causes headaches and other symptoms but can be recognized with a do-it-yourself test in seconds.
To understand if you are dehydrated, you do not have to wait until you are thirsty. You can do a simple test on your own skin. It only takes a few seconds, and does not require any tools. It can be done on the back or knuckles of the hand, under the collarbone or on the abdomen.
Just pinch the skin between two fingers for at least three seconds. Once released, it is necessary to observe how the skin behaves. If you feel relaxed, you are drinking enough water. Otherwise, if the skin takes a few seconds to return to normal, it means that you should hydrate yourself more.
What happens when you don’t drink enough
If the test shows that you are not drinking enough water, it is important to take action. When the body is dehydrated, there are negative health consequences. For example, joint problems may occur. Some cases of back pain, in particular, are caused by a lack of water in the spine. Other symptoms include pain in the muscles and stomach, headache, colitis, hypertension.
But drinking is also important to keep the skin healthy: not hydrating enough, in fact, causes dry skin and lips. Finally, drinking enough water is essential to have enough energy and focus to get through the day. If you feel unmotivated tired, in fact, it may be that the problem is not the lack of sleep. Rather, the lack of water.
This is why everyone should add a drop of olive oil in their juice or centrifuged especially as summer approaches.
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