It's no secret that you're supposed to drink about eight glasses of water a day, but between busy schedules, coffee habits, and happy hours, it can be easy to fall behind. While some impressively diligent people may be able to keep track of their daily intake of water, others may be happy to learn that there's a surprisingly simple way to monitor hydration. You can check to see whether or not your body is properly hydrated in seconds—no tools or gadgets required, Business Insider reports. All you have to do is pinch your skin.
By pinching the skin on the lower abdomen or arm, you can assess your skin's elasticity, technically referred to as skin turgor, according to Medline Plus. Skin turgor is essentially the ability of skin to change shape and return to normal. When your body is hydrated, your skin will quickly snap back to its normal position after being pinched. However, when dehydrated, the skin will take more time to return to normal.
This quick and easy skin test is a great way to hold yourself accountable for staying on top of your hydration, which is extremely important for overall health. Water benefits everything from your skin and muscles to your metabolism and digestive system. Next time you find yourself musing about the last time you had a glass of water, do this simple skin test to see if your body is in need of a little more H2O.
You can also carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day and be sure to have a something to drink with every meal to ensure you're getting enough water to keep your body feeling (and looking) its best.