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Are You Under-Hydrated and Just Don’t Know It?

How to tell if you aren’t drinking as much water as your body needs.

Dehydration is generally easy to spot, as your body will let you know when it’s running dangerously low on water — extreme lethargy, fainting, and rising body temperature are clear warning signs. But being “under-hydrated” can be a trickier condition to spot. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of Americans don’t come close to drinking enough water over the course of a day.

The easiest telltale signs are found by checking in with yourself. Start with this basic checklist:

If you see any of the signs above, it’s probably a good idea to talk to your doctor about doing a urinalysis or a blood test to check your sodium and potassium levels. But even if you don’t see any of the indications above, it’s well worth bringing some mindfulness to your water intake, measuring how much water you drink, and seeing what happens when you increase the amount of fluid you put into your body each day.

That’s why Hint has created the “21-Day Hint Challenge.” Read on here to find out what that involves — and how you can finally crack the code on how much water to drink, PLUS what effect proper hydration can have on you.

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