Most people understand the value of staying hydrated, from “boosting brain function to increasing energy levels,” as noted in a story on Phillyvoice.com.

It’s important to pay attention to the body’s typically unpleasant signs that, whether through physical activities or the heat, you are not getting enough water or other fluids.

One of the “telltale signs” of moderate dehydration is a headache, according to the Phillyvoice.com story. When you don’t have enough water in your system, your brain actually begins to pull away from the skull, causing pain.

Another sign, best known to the readers of this blog, is dry mouth. If you don’t have enough fluids in your body to produce saliva, you will begin to experience the unpleasant side effects of dry mouth, including thick saliva, sore throat, stickiness in the mouth, and extreme thirst.

Fatigue is another sign of moderate dehydration. The story notes that in 1 in 10 cases of fatigue, dehydration is the root of the problem.

Severe hydration also has its telltale signs, including lightheadedness, fainting spells, rapid breathing and confusion, “characterized by abnormal speech, forgetfulness, and sudden changes in emotion.”

So, how much water should you drink each day to avoid these dehydration-related issues? The story notes that the amount differs for each person, but we generally need about 3 quarts, or 12 cups, including all of the water we get through the food we eat. Your thirst is your best guide to knowing how much your body needs.

For the complete Phillyvoice.com story, click here.

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