If you're not regularly refreshing yourself with cold water from your office water coolers, or popping to the canteen for a top up of tea from the water boiler, you may rapidly start to feel the effects of dehydration. Signs that you need to be drinking more include symptoms that range in severity from mild to severe. Common symptoms of dehydration include tiredness, migraines, muscle cramps, constipation, dry skin, kidney problems and even irregular blood pressure. Bear in mind, too, that you only need to become 20% dehydrated to put your life at risk! Thankfully, these symptoms are largely avoidable if you learn to spot the danger signs. If you feel tired, try drinking a glass of cold water from the water coolers at work. If you feel thirsty, you've left it too late, so try to fill up on water before this occurs. Funnily enough, if you feel hungry, you may actually be experiencing the first stages of dehydration. If you’re trying to lose weight, it's also a good move to have a glass of water before eating a meal, as this will take the edge off your hunger and discourage you from going back for seconds! Remember that you don't have to simply drink plain, cold water to stay hydrated. You can also enjoy hot drinks on cooler days. Some natural health practitioners also swear by drinking freshly squeezed lemon and hot water for a wonderfully detoxing drink. If you become a fan of this, try drinking it through a straw to avoid damaging your tooth enamel in the long term, as the high natural sugar content can be harmful.
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