How Do We Know If We Are Not Getting Enough Water

People who aren't getting enough water will void less urine which is more concentrated with waste products and excess substances. For these reasons people sometimes look at the color of their urine to gauge their body water or "hydration" status. However, while this can certainly provide insight, food factors, such as the vitamin riboflavin, can darken the color of urine and/or alter its odor, such as with coffee. Researchers use more objective measures such as urine specific gravity to suggest hydration status.

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