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Water is a very important component of our diets and bodies, regardless of whether you are a child, adult or elderly. In this regard, the quantity of water in our bodies affect all body functioning. There are several signs that will suggest that you need to drink more water. When these signs manifest, it means that your body is not functioning optimally because it lacks this essential element. To avoid such cases, it is recommended to drink more water most of the time.

The best way to know when you need to drink more water is to understand your own body. This will make it easier for you to identify signs showing when your body needs more water. Any time you notice these signs, it is probably time to go for extra glasses of water.

Signs suggesting that you need to drink more water

Constipation

rhrgyr65i768One of the major functions of water is to enhance body metabolism. It is the water that enhances all chemical reactions taking place in the body. This is similar to a car: it runs efficiently if there is adequate oil and gas, and vice versa. The next time you feel constipated, know that it is a sign suggesting that you drink more water to facilitate metabolism.

Thirst

Everybody knows that drinks, especially water, are what quenches thirst. Feeling thirsty usually, means that there is inadequate water in the body. Thus it is a sign suggesting that you have to drink more water so as to hydrate the body.

Color of your urine

bh65ythf6tdr64Even though there is a wide variance between the colors of people’s urine, some colors are a sign that you are dehydrated and therefore need to drink more water. People who are well hydrated usually have light yellow or clear urine. But if your urine is red, cloudy, bright yellow or bright orange, lack of adequate water in the body may be one of the causes, among other causes such as urinary tract infections, kidney or liver failure.

The amount of urine you produce may also be a sign of the hydration level. If you produce very little amount of urine or nothing at all, it may be a sign suggesting that it is time to drink more water.

Other dehydration signs that suggest you need more water include exhaustion, headache, hunger, brain fog, confusion and bad breath.

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Gaining excess weight during pregnancy may cause complications both to the expecting mother and unborn baby. Studies have shown that mothers who gain excess weight during pregnancy are likely to deliver heavier babies, whose likelihood of becoming obese later are high. This impending problem can be prevented by applying little tricks to avoid pregnancy weight gain. However, avoiding pregnancy weight gain is not easy because this is the time when expectant mothers crave for different unhealthy foods. The mothers also get encouraged to eat more considering that the food they are eating is for two or more people.

Try these little tricks to avoid pregnancy weight gain

Eat small meals frequently

ertuet6ytfhj4664Your growing baby does not need many additional calories to be nourished. Therefore select foods that are nutritionally rich and which will make you feel satisfied. Focus on vegetables, fruits and foods that are rich in lean proteins. To avoid overeating during mealtime, eat healthy snacks after every 3 hours (i.e. between meals). This will also help in providing sufficient nutrients to the baby and maintain good blood sugar level all day.

Doctors recommend that you increase your intake of complex carbohydrates, including whole grain pasta and bread, quinoa and brown rice, as they make you feel satisfied for longer. To complement your good eating plan, drink a lot of water (a minimum of 8 glasses daily). Adequate water prevents dehydration and eases constipation.

Develop a simple walking routine

Walking is a very valuable exercise to any expecting mother. You can start with a 10-minute walking program every day. Increase the time as your pregnancy progresses. Walking is just like any other physical activity. It will help you avoid pregnancy weight gain and also ease pains and aches during the last trimester. Besides walking, you can also start or continue with your normal workout routine. This may include aerobics, running or yoga. But be careful with your movements and avoid contact sports. You can  also try these workout tips for super busy moms.

Have enough sleep

3y54terdr64Lack of adequate sleep has been linked to pregnancy weight gain. When you do not have enough sleep, your rate of metabolism slows down, which causes starving and tiredness. Your nights are expected to be interrupted by frequent waking up to pee or change positions, but you can recover this by having naps during daytime or going to bed earlier.

Excess pregnancy weight gain has a wide range of health and birth complications. All these can be avoided if you implement the above simple tricks.