Hydration expert on ‘early warnings’ you’re not drinking enough

Recent research from Aqua Pura demonstrated that Brits are unaware of the “early warning signs” of dehydration, as 65 percent of respondents didn’t realise that bad breath can be a sign that you need to drink more water. In addition to bad breath, having a dry mouth is another clear indication that your body requires hydration. Even 45 percent of Brits didn’t realise that dark-coloured urine is a telling warning sign of dehydration.

“In reality, bad breath, a dry mouth, and dark-coloured urine are early warning signs, which shouldn’t be ignored,” said Dr Galloway.

“Being dehydrated can lead to a range of health issues,” Dr Galloway cautioned.

Examples include “constipation, muscle tiredness, headaches and urinary tract infections (UTI) – just to name a few”.

Dr Galloway elaborated: “When your fluid levels aren’t at an adequate level, there’s an increased risk of a UTI.

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He explained: “This is because ageing kidneys cannot concentrate your urine as well so the bladder fills up faster with more dilute urine.”

Aqua Pura’s hydration expert, Dr Stuart Galloway of the University of Stirling, provided these comments exclusively for Express.co.uk.

Aqua Pura’s research results are based on an independent survey of 2,011 UK consumers.

“Which can lead to multiple complications including confusion, falls, acute kidney injury and hospital admission, particularly in older adults.”

The health dangers of dehydration

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that dehydration can also lead to “unclear thinking”, mood changes, and kidney stones.

The health benefits of drinking water

Being hydrated means the body can regulate its temperature more effectively, the joints are more lubricated and cushioned, and the spinal cord is more protected.

The CDC added that water helps the body remove waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.

While the research from Aqua Pura shows that one in six Brits drink more water in the morning than at any other time, it’s “really important to drink constantly throughout the day”.

Those who are not a fan of water can take a sigh of relief, as Dr Galloway added that tea, coffee, and juice also count towards your hydration goals.

“When it comes to evening hydration, aim to drink around 300-500ml of fluids two to three hours before you plan to sleep,” said Dr Galloway.

“This amount will help you meet your daily water requirements, but the timing will ensure you don’t disturb your sleep by waking up to go to the toilet.”

He explained: “This is because ageing kidneys cannot concentrate your urine as well so the bladder fills up faster with more dilute urine.”

Aqua Pura’s hydration expert, Dr Stuart Galloway of the University of Stirling, provided these comments exclusively for Express.co.uk.

Aqua Pura’s research results are based on an independent survey of 2,011 UK consumers.

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