8 Websites With Easy Jobs And Guaranteed Payments To Make Money Online In Your Free Time

If you want to earn extra cash whether just to pay for something like your Netflix subscription or maybe save and accumulate to make a decent amount over time, then this post will direct you to 8 different websites where you can make money online in your free time by doing the simplest of tasks.

In my quest to achieve financial freedom while having no day job at the same time, I tend to always be searching for different ways to make money. One of those ways is to make money online doing some short tasks like taking a survey or testing an app or months-long projects like auditing social media feeds or search results quality.

I have tried so many websites and jobs and many of them are not really worth wasting your time on, but there are a few that I really loved because they either provided easy tasks or the money was good, and then there are a few that I haven’t tried yet, however, I only read positive things about them from people who tried them.

So in this post you will read about 8 easy and legitimate ways you can make money online in your free time.


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1. Appen

This is the best among any online job website I have used so far.

Appen is an online crowdsourcing marketplace that companies and businesses hire to get certain tasks done. Appen offers these tasks as available jobs on their website. You apply to the job that you are qualified for and wait for an acceptance email.

Requirements to work with Appen

When you receive your first job offer you will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your ID, driving license, or passport as a form of identifying your identity.

You will also need to set up an account with Payoneer to be able to receive your payments.

Jobs on Appen

On Appen, you can search for jobs by type of job or by location or both, to be able to find something suitable that you qualify for.

They have a verity of jobs you can apply to including translation, search results quality rating, social media evaluation, app testing, transcription and more. And there are jobs available for most countries.

Many of the jobs will require that you study certain material/guidelines to follow throughout the project. Some jobs will require you to take a certain test or more than one test to see if you qualify for the job and/or test your knowledge after you have studied the guidelines.

Once you passed the tests and got accepted for the job, you are sent an email with the details of job, which website/programs you will need to complete it and other general guidelines.

However, you wouldn’t necessarily find jobs all the time, not sure about other countries, but projects in Egypt are not available all the time, sometimes there is a lot of work available and other times there is nothing.

But once you have signed up with them, they send you emails whenever there is a job opportunity available that you would qualify for.

Appen Customer support

One of the things I like about Appen is that they have very helpful customer service and technical support, since each project has different requirements and works with different programs, so you may run into difficulties from time to time and you would need help fixing whatever error or problem you’re facing so you don’t miss your hours. But I have always received a quick response from them.

And in the worst case scenario where a problem occurs and prevents you from completing your job in time, you can log that day/hour as technical or the available equivalent, as long as you have already contacted them and filed a ticket.

Pay rate and working hours on Appen

Pay rates on Appen hugely differ based on the job you take on. The tasks I have worked on were anywhere between $1 per hour and $6 per hour.

I am sure that there are tasks that pay you more than this rate because I know people who made more than this per hour. However, I wouldn’t be able to know the exact pay rates for other jobs because, in most cases, you only know the rate once you are accepted for the job.

There are projects that require a certain number of hours per day, ranging between 1 and 4 hours, and/or certain number of days per week, ranging between 5 and 7 days.

And there are other projects that you can just do them whenever you have the time (usually with a deadline though).

You can find the available jobs on Appen and apply to them here.

2. MTurk

MTurk or Amazon Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourcing marketplace much like Appen. They deal with businesses that has certain tasks/jobs that can be done remotely and connect these tasks to workers all over the world.

It is also one of the good online job websites I tried.

Requirements to work with MTurk

The procedure to start working for MTurk is a little bit more complicated than the other websites on this list as they require you to fill a tax form. You can learn more about this here.

The other difference here is that with MTurk you are only paid money if you are a US resident, otherwise your incentive would be in vouchers (Amazon gift cards).

Unless they find you eligible and you have a US bank account where you can withdraw your money, then you can get paid and you can withdraw that money to your local bank account. (And I still can’t figure out why websites add this as an option. If I live in another continent, why would I have a bank account in the US, seriously?). 

Jobs on MTurk

I worked on this website a few years back, and they have different types of tasks including data entry, editing, translation, transcription, surveys, and more.

The ones I used to work on were either research surveys (which in most cases were VERY long, but I had plenty of free time), content writing, or transcription tasks.

There are available jobs almost all the time on MTurk. You go to the All HITs tab to see all the available jobs at the moment and if you qualify for a job, you will find an option to accept it. If you don’t qualify it will usually mention the reason why you don’t qualify

You can sort the available jobs by the highest paying, the recently added, or the HIT rate required.

Usually going for the recently added jobs is the better way to go, especially for surveys, because if it has been added for a while they may already have gathered the data they need for the job.

Job qualification on MTurk

There is one important thing when accepting jobs on MTurk though, it is that with every job you accept, you will need to make sure that you finish the job as efficiently as you can, because when you are done with your task, it is submitted for review by the person/business that submitted the job.

If your results were rejected, you obviously won’t get paid for the job. But that’s not all, your acceptance and rejection rate is counted and can reflect on the type of jobs you would qualify for in the future.

Many of the jobs would require a high HIT approval rate which is a percentage of the answers/results you submitted that got accepted divided by all the jobs you submitted.

One other thing is every task has a deadline. So when you accept a task, you will need to finish it before the deadline which can vary from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the type of the task.

If you don’t finish the job in time, it is automatically withdrawn and added back to the queue for someone else to work on it.

While it’s not a big deal if you missed the deadline once or twice, they still count the rate between the jobs you accepted and those that got submitted. So if you keep accepting jobs and not finishing them, this will hurt your HIT submission rate.

And just like the case with the HIT approval rate, some jobs may have a requirement that you have a certain percentage to qualify for the job.

Pay rate on MTurk

Unlike Appen, on MTurk you can clearly see how much a task would pay before accepting it.

Of the jobs I worked on, surveys were probably the least rewarding, unless you’re lucky enough and you qualify for some $15 survey.

The rate for the jobs hugely vary though, I have seen tasks ranging anywhere between $0.01 and $25. There could be tasks that pay more than this but this is the amount I have seen during the time I worked on the website.

Sign up to work with MTurk here.

3. Lionbridge

This one is my least favourite, despite it being generally a good website with decent payments.

But because the tasks I used to qualify for were usually rating quality scores or locating areas on maps, and it was probably one of the most boring things I have ever done, but it did pay a good amount per hour, so if you need to make money while sat on your couch, you’ll do it.

This is just my personal experience though based on what jobs were available for my country, but Lionbridge has more jobs than this.

Jobs on Lionbridge

The available jobs on Lionbridge include translation, social media evaluation, interpretation, quality score rating, and more.

There is only a selected number of countries in Europe, America and Asia that has available jobs though. While jobs in African countries don’t seem to be available much recently. This is the current list of countries with available jobs.

When you select your country, it will give you a list of the available jobs for it and you can then pick the one you want to work on to fill an application. You will then receive an email with instructions and details of the job.

The tasks I applied for, like Appen, also required studying a certain guideline and passing a test before I can start working.

Pay rate on Lionbridge

Lionbridge’s rates are probably the best among the online job websites on this list, you can get paid $14-$16 per hour. However, some jobs would per task and the payment will entirely depend on the type of tasks and the country too.

Similar to Appen, Lionbridge does not disclose the pay rate for a job publicly, however, in their communications during the recruitment process, they notify you with all details including your pay rate.

4. Viewpoint Panel

I haven’t had much luck with survey sites in general, and of all the ones I signed up to, this one is the only one that sends me surveys frequently.

When you sign up with them, you fill in a personal survey to complete your profile with all your interests, some personal habits of yours, and some info about your life and your family, so they can send you the types of surveys that are actually suited for you. Because surveys usually target a specific group of people within a certain age or that have certain habits.

There are surveys available for several countries across Africa, America, Australia, Europe, and Asia, unlike many other websites that only provide surveys for a specific country/region.

Some surveys are short and some are a bit long, however, the longer ones tend to have higher rewards most of the time.

They send you an email once there is a survey available for you and in the email it mentions how much you will be paid for the survey so you can decide whether to take it or not.

The one downside to this website is that if you are not quick enough to take the survey, and by quick I mean in the span of 1-2 hours and sometimes less, it would probably already be completed. This is why I haven’t been able to make much money through it, because I’m almost always late.

Pay rate on Viewpoint Panel

Rewards can vary between $0.60 to $4 per survey. I haven’t received any survey that was lower or higher than this threshold, however, on the website they mention that you can get up to $10 per survey.

It is still a pretty small amount, I know; but you don’t spend much time on the surveys and also the money adds up. So, if you are already free, it wouldn’t hurt to make use of that time and add a few cents or dollars to your account.

The minimum threshold to transfer your money is $12.50, and they provide two options to redeem your earnings, either through Paypal or G-Codes (vouchers).

You can sign up to viewpoint panel here.

5. AppTrailers

This one is the easiest on the list. It’s like making money online for almost doing nothing.

This is an app that pays you for watching videos of app trailers. With each video you watch, you earn points and when points accumulate, you can then have them exchanged for gift cards for things like Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks and Google Play.

I haven’t went through the redeeming points process because I was bummed to know that it doesn’t work here, so I can watch videos and play games on the app but won’t be able to redeem those points for anything.

I really wish I could find a similar app that works here though, because this would be just free money! It is great if you’re like me and already buy iTunes credit or use Starbucks, you can earn points so you can get that stuff for free.

This app is available on both Apple store and Google play.

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Other suggestions to make money online

I asked people on Twitter if they have suggestions based on their experience taking online jobs. And some of them provided good suggestions.

6. Opinion Outpost

This is a survey website that was recommended by Alia and Mars when asked about the websites they found most rewarding and legitimate of all the ones they’ve used.

Alia said that she usually got paid within 15-20 days if she was consistent in taking surveys everyday. And Mars also said she got paid the quickest on this one through Paypal.

When you sign up to Opinion Outpost, they will email you surveys and each one you complete you earn points, you can then exchange these points in the form of cash payment or gift cards.

This one is available in selected countries only, Egypt was not among them so I couldn’t try it out and see how good it is.

7. Ipsos

Ipsos is a website that has multiple opportunities to make money including working as a mystery shopper, taking part in surveys, or becoming an interviewer. Alia also mentioned this website among the ones she finds most rewarding and uses it for taking surveys.

The survey platform is called i-Say and thankfully it is available for countries in the MENA region among other countries too. And they have an app for both iOS and Android devices.

I signed up for it, and it looks promising. You earn points between 5 and 100 for each survey you take. Once you have earned enough points, you can then exchange the points for gift cards/e-vouchers.

They also offer something else that I found quite interesting.

Each member who clicks on a survey link, whether completes the survey or gets screened out for not matching clients’ needs, or due to the quota being full, is automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a gift voucher for a specific amount of money. And they pick one winner every month.

When I accessed the website I was directed to the Egyptian version, so I found vouchers for shops here in Egypt, and prizes that they offer are in EGP. So the type of vouchers and amount of prizes will differ based on which country you are accessing it from.

8. Ebates

There’s another way to make money online which is to shop on websites that give you cash back offers on your purchased items.

This website was recommended by Marissa McDaniel. She says that among all the online tasks she’s tried to make more money, the website that she benefited from the most and found to be more rewarding was Ebates and other similar websites.

This may count more as saving money than it is making money, however, this eventually leads to you having more money in your wallet, so it gives the same end-result.

Ebates provides up to 40% cash back and you can shop from more than 2,500 shops on their website and app. They send out payments quarterly, and you can have your cash sent to you through Paypal or a check to your address. There is also an option to have it sent to your bank account by entering your credit card details, but that is only for US residents.

You also get a welcome bonus by joining them and spending $25 within the first 90 days. Click here to join.

If you know of other reliable and legitimate websites to make money online, please share them in the comments.

Till next week, happy days!

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No Spend Challenge: How To Pay Off Your Debts And Start Saving Money

If you want to save money to start an investment but you never seem to have enough money at the end of the month; or if you have a debt and are struggling to make the payments in time or just wish to get out of that debt fast then this challenge is for you. A guest post by Alex from The Mini Smallholder.

The No Spend Challenge came to us when we desperately needed a solution to debt and bad health. You can try to get back on top of finances, but if you struggle to regain control this will really suit you.

We had been spending our money mindlessly and never having any extra money, no matter our wages. The No Spend Challenge is a short sharp shock for your bank balance.

A challenge which has led us to take back control and start to look at other ways to make money, save money, and reduce our reliance on our income from our full time jobs.

So a big thank you to Ray for asking me to write a little something about our experiences so far. I hope to show you all the reality of our challenge and how it has worked for us.

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What is the No Spend Challenge?

You commit to your regular monthly payments. Maintain your rent, mortgage, and all household bills and credit card repayments.

The challenge, however, involves all of those other extra expenses: A latte here and a doughnut there, or even worse, a new skirt for work –because its for work so it doesn’t count!

These are all expenses that we can find hard to face up to. By stopping them completely for a week, month, or even a year, it can help pause the spending without any guilt or blame. For me the little things, like gifts for friends, add up so quickly.

This is the financial equivalent of a detox. I recognize that I enjoy spending money, as do most of society. It is what we have been programmed to do.

So when it is a baby shower or birthday, how do you avoid spending money? For me it has always been an excuse to spend on others, well not anymore!

Why did we start the No Spend Challenge?

We started because of an accident which resulted in us being a lot less self-sufficient and not having the money to pay someone else to help out.

This was a shock as we both work full time and have no children. Rather than start pointing fingers or keeping all receipts for a month, we needed something that would help. The No Spend Challenge, for us, works as a financial cleanse.

You can easily get into all sorts of arguments once you start looking at who is to blame. I know my husband can be bad with money, but if we loo had gotten in to as well! So I would rather us both go cold turkey than blame each other.

What are the No Spend Challenge rules?

We set our own rules, as should you! So in discussion with your partner or children work out what will work for you all. Simple rules for us are:

  1. No eating or drinking out; go prepared when leaving the house, take drinks and any food needed.
  2. Reuse what we already have; if we need anything new we can wait and see if a friend or family member has one we can borrow
  3. We spend money on experiences for the children in our family and not actual ‘things’ –this was heavily negotiated.
  4. Look to reduce our transport costs by lift sharing, public transport, or bike riding, where possible, but we still have to get to work!
  5. No new clothes, make up, or shoes etc. This rule applies to our entire year long challenge, but we are ok with second-hand charity shop type options.
    If you are an online shopper check out this shop, but remember pop into the basket and then come back to it later to see if you still want to buy it!

How do you stay motivated through the No Spend Challenge?

  • By telling friends and family and joining a community of others, we are able to commit ourselves more fully!
  • Set a goal for the saved money. We have our goal of buying a smallholding and are working towards that in our day to day life.
  • Reading an article like this one from Michelle McGagh has really helped us to keep focused.
  • I even had the chance to give an interview for BBC Radio 4 You and Yours Programme on the subject of the No Spend Challenge! You can listen to the full interview for inspiration here at the 26 minute mark.
  • Online communities are fantastic for finding ideas. And we use this Facebook group to bounce ideas and tips around (zero waste no or low spend ideas).

We hope to keep scouring freecycle and facebook groups for equipment which needs a little tweak or that can be repurposed. It has transformed our life and our opportunities.

If this sounds like an option for you, check out all the support you can find online, and then think about forming a local group, meeting in your local library as a free venue!

What are some unexpected hurdles we faced through the challenge?

Gifts for friends and family

As mentioned above my gift giving is out of control. I had to redefine what being generous meant to me.

As we earned more so I gave more lavish presents. This hen puts pressure on the recipient, and they feel obliged to spend an equal amount. So this is how consumerism works is it? Well I then realized I could reverse this all.

I love to make my own crafts. Be it cushions, rugs, blankets, those sort of things. Then I also enjoy growing my own plants from seeds. Plus, the hubby is very good at baking. So we decided to make homemade hampers for friends. Or grow plants for very little outlay.

This is the one most sustainable element I think we have included. As when we started to give plants we would have to purchase the seeds –this time next year we will have harvested them from this years flowers!

We even made 200 heart shaped, bright pink wedding favours. This is to replace a wedding list gift. They are seed paper and the bride had a very special wish list for her seed paper. She has a very romantic story involving Brussel Sprouts (trust me on this one!) and so we have made another 200 green pieces of seed paper with their peas in to be planted by keen wedding guests!

I have been taking cuttings from friends plants as well and propagating them ready for gifts for the new year! We hope to put together homemade hampers for Christmas presents and that way we will be able to reduce our costs.

We spend more time for our friends and family now than we did before and I think that takes a lot of the pressure off from your finances, but on to you. This can be why we used to take the short cut of buying something and posting it, or worse paying for next day delivery.

You will need to plan ahead! No more last minute days out, forgotten birthdays. All of that has to be factored in and worked out.

However, so many friends understand when you can’t just put £10 into the leaving present. I have even taken it upon myself to arrange a baby shower so that my gift could be a rose from our garden and cupcakes for everyone who attended. This meant the cost was minimal and it did not hit our purse.

Friends coming over

Friends who come round and we get takeaway? Do you have those friends? They are really picky eaters and therefore we always give in and get a takeaway.

They don’t have any financial issues as they live with parents and are happy with their debts. We just struggled to make a few people see our point of view.

So, now we sadly see less of them. But I think seeing friends shouldn’t cost money. We respect that they don’t mind being in debt, but they can’t support our plans to not be.

It would have been easy to have made an exception for them, but that was the purpose of the No Spend Challenge. To see who supported us and who tried to bring us back to zero savings.

How has the No Spend Challenge affected our life so far?

Immediate financial benefits

Savings

Obviously we had money left over at the end of each month. This has caused so much weight to be lifted from my shoulders. I think that by not spending every time you are prompted to, it resets your relationship with money.

I think the mindless spending had to stop and this was our way to do it. No fuss, just axe it all. Then we could have the conversations about money in a more positive light.

We now have Premium bonds as savings so that we can put money to one side for emergencies, but have  chance of it increasing in value as well.

It is so hard to not sounds stupid when I say that by not spending we have more money. I think we just didn’t stop to assess where that money was going and if it represented good value.

If you have children who attend various paid-for after school activities, now is the time to ask if they would rather that money went somewhere else. Even if giving up swimming means they can do more camping with scouts.

It is a great way to see what they really enjoy. We didn’t give ultimatums but just a choice. You may not want to change what the kids do, but apply this principal to yourselves. If you decide to go for longer than a month, it can be a real bonus to the bank balance.

We were able to save enough in the first 6 weeks to have our fence fitted for us. This was the ultimate freedom as the accident had caused us to rely on others. There is always a cost attached to that!

So, we managed to save around £1,600. We really cut everything off though and I think that no travel costs due to being off ill helped out massively!

We have now managed to start a regular savings pot of around a third of our household income each month. Which is really awful to say that in the past we couldn’t account for that money.

Debt

We started the challenge with an interest free credit card which was fully loaded to around £3,000 and with the interest free period running out shortly.

This challenge meant we faced up to when this repayment window would close and when we would need to repay the amount.

We had four months and no savings to dip into to pay it off. So by going cold turkey and cutting all extras out we were able to pay it off within the limit, so no interest charged at all.

A real relief. And facing the debt once we had a plan in place was a lot easier than before.

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Hidden benefits

More time together

Such a cliché I know, but when you have less to spend, you find more inventive ways to have fun. We had funny home cinema nights with popcorn disasters, re-watching older movies can be fun!

We found a lot more in our local area. Free events, free cinema even, and lots of walks and favourite parks.

Remembering to bring a picnic was a lot of fun as well!

Zero waste

I have found that we suffered under a myth that going green would be more expensive. Now we are making savings by making our own green replacements.

I think that we are now expanding our savings into areas we thought were more ‘fixed.’ Now we look for green alternatives which will save us money.

Some of them require a slightly larger initial investment and that is where the No Spend Challenge has helped. It has allowed us to be able to afford large ticket items, like a sewing machine. Now I make and repair our clothes and bedding. As well as gifts for others. Some really fun projects have come from this money saving challenge.

Other zero waste examples:

  • I have made us a scourer pad from garden twine, total cost around 15p.
  • We have swapped to an eco egg for laundry, total cost £5 for around 1,000 washes!
  • We have also swapped out cling film and plastic bags in the kitchen for beeswax wraps we have made.
  • I am making some baby bibs at the moment for a gift and I love that they are much more personal!
  • We also made a bird house from a teapot, one of my absolutely greatest achievements!
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People’s reaction to the No Spend Challenge

What I will say though, is other peoples reactions has surprised me the most. I work in a very corporate environment and everyone buys lunch, tea, coffee whatever! It wasn’t until I worked out that the act of getting to work and eating/drinking was costing around £8 per day easily that we all stopped and thought about it.

One lunch time I opened up my packed lunch expecting to be met with giggles, but mine was actually the nicest looking lunch there. Then when I explained the challenge people really got onboard.

Lots of people had questions and things they didn’t think they could do without. But overall we worked together and supported each other.

My family have been great. I don’t think my husband and I really spoke too much about long term goals before we started the challenge. Now we plan and have a good idea of what we need. How we are going to get what we need seems a lot clearer and we are working on our plans.

Final thought

If you need to put a pause button on your finances, this is the best way to start. Then look to pay off your debts and start saving towards your goal!

We didn’t prepare for it in anyway as it came as a bit of a solution to an emergency. Some people do like to prepare, but you can be tempted to buy new things!

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Author: TheMiniSmallholder.com

We are setting out to trial all of the techniques we will need on our smallholding, but on a small scale. Trying to see if going green is a viable alternative and if the good life really is that good!
The zero waste solutions tie in with our intended lifestyle but we never realized how powerful the No Spend Challenge would be.

10 Different Ways Your Body Suffers When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

If you have trouble drinking enough water every day, maybe reading this article and learning about the damage dehydration can cause to your body would work as the push you needed to start drinking more water today.

Disclaimer: I am an engineer. I have nothing to do with medicine and I don’t give any medical advice. Thank you.

Drinking water has been an issue for me most of my life. Where I live, it’s practically summer most of the year, and with this hot weather I could honestly spend an entire week and all the water I would consume would not pass the 350 ml mark.

You can imagine how much water I would drink in winter.

And as a result, I suffered from a lot of the things mentioned below on this list due to many years of dehydration. Some of them I still suffer through now.

I used to dislike water because I was rarely ever thirsty. So drinking water was like a chore to me, I hated its tastelessness and I just couldn’t stomach anything more than one sip.

But what I have learned is that the more you drink the more thirsty you get and, apparently, vice versa.

Only recently that I have started to really push myself into drinking more water because I started to really feel the trouble I’m putting my body in; and while the amount I drink now is still not the ideal one, it’s certainly increasing. And I do feel the difference.

If you, too, have trouble drinking enough water, hopefully this would work as a reminder that you should start changing this habit as fast as you can.


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Why is it important to drink water?

Our bodies are made up of more than 60 percent water.

The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones contain 31% water.

I don’t know if you would need more convincing after reading these numbers, but the fact is that our entire body with all its organs largely depend on water to function. And any drop in the amount of water intake can tremendously affect these organs.

What happens to your body when you don’t drink enough water?

  1. Loss of cognitive functions
  2. Low blood pressure and increased risk of stroke
  3. Headaches and migraines
  4. Anxiety and depression
  5. Constipation and heartburn
  6. Formation of kidney stones
  7. Joint pain and muscle cramps
  8. Bad breath
  9. Premature wrinkles
  10. Heat intolerance

1. Loss of cognitive functions

The brain is composed of 73% water and it requires this amount for energy and to function properly. If you are not drinking enough water, this can affect cognitive function and concentration, causing issues with thinking, coordination, reaction times, attention, and confusion.

According to this study that was conducted on 413 people, it is found that mild dehydration impairs cognitive performance, particularly for tasks involving attention, executive function, and motor coordination when the body loses more than 2% water.

2. Low blood pressure and increased risk of stroke

Blood Pressure

This one was a little puzzling because as I was researching I found articles from well-known medical websites claiming that dehydration causes high blood pressure.

I knew, based on my own personal experience, that dehydration causes low blood pressure, however, I am not an expert. So I still had to research a little more and find out which of the two claims is correct.

Your blood is 60% water, when this amount of water is available, it helps the blood flow smoothly through the veins. When you’re not drinking enough water to match that required percentage of water in your blood, it leads to it being thicker.

When blood is thicker, it means it will take longer to flow through your veins. This also decreases the blood volume in the body. A decrease in blood volume can cause blood pressure to drop.

According to this study, it is actually advised that people who are about to donate blood, drink an amount of 16 ounces (470 ml) of water before giving blood, as it works on temporarily raising blood pressure that can otherwise drop and cause fainting after the donation.

Apparently, there was even one study made that stated that dehydration may actually help those with high blood pressure. However, of course this is not something that anyone would advice with doing. But it just proves the point.

Stroke

Studies have shown that dehydration can result in strokes, particularity in elderly people, and that is because, as mentioned earlier, dehydration causes blood to be thicker and more concentrated, causing it to flow less easily to the brain through the narrowed or blocked blood vessels in the patient.

And it was found that 60% of people are actually dehydrated at the time of stroke and that recovery is boosted by being well-hydrated.

3. Headaches and migraines

There are several types and reasons for headaches. And one of the most common reasons is dehydration.

A dehydration headache can feel like a mild headache or an intense migraine. Pain from a dehydration headache can occur at the front, back, side, or all over the head.

I couldn’t find an actual study on what happens exactly that causes the headache, however, from what I have read so far, it is believed that when there is not enough water/fluids in the body, the blood vessels in the head may narrow in an attempt to regulate body fluid levels.

And when this happens it makes it harder for oxygen and blood to get to the brain, which results in a headache.

There was a study made on 34 people to understand the relation between water deprivation and headaches. It concluded the following:

“the 34 subjects were divided into 2 groups according to the time taken to relieve the headache by drinking water: total relief within 30 minutes by drinking 200 to 1500 mL (mean, 500) occurred in 22 subjects, and within 1 to 3 hours by drinking 500 to 1000 mL (mean, 750) in 11 subjects; 1 subject required sleep in addition to fluid intake.”

Another study made on people who suffer from migraines shows that 34 out of the 95 participants have reported that dehydration was the main trigger for their migraines.

4. Anxiety and depression

Anxiety

When you’re not drinking enough water, it leads to your blood being thicker.

The thicker your blood is, the harder your heart has to work to move it through your veins. This can lead to increased pulse rates and can potentially lead to palpitations.

It can also cause muscles to tense up and it affects your brain functions.

All these factors lead to physical stress/uneasiness which in turn leads to symptoms of anxiety. A study conducted on 52 people showed that increased water intake affected calmness and generally enhanced their mood.

This is not to say that dehydration is what causes anxiety for most people, however, if you already have anxiety, being dehydrated can certainly make it worse.

Depression

On another note, drinking water can actually help reduce the risk of depression according to this study.

It was conducted to show the effect of dehydration and it’s relation to depression and anxiety symptoms. And it was found that drinking more water helped reduce depression symptoms.

Speaking of water and anxiety, you may also like to read this study about hydrogen-rich water and its effects on reducing anxiety.

5. Constipation and heartburn

Constipation

When you are not drinking enough water, the colon pulls water from stool to maintain hydration, which slows down the bowl movement and that leads to constipation.

It is also usually advised for people who are suffering with constipation to drink more fluids.

Heartburn

Because less water means less saliva, and saliva is what helps the stomach clear acids, then you will be left with too much acid in the stomach leading to that heartburn.

Note that, while you should drink plenty of water to help with digestion, drinking too much water at one time increases the volume of stomach contents and can worsen heartburn symptoms.

So, it is better to drink smaller amounts throughout the day rather than large amounts less often.

6. Formation of kidney stones

Kidney stones form when certain chemicals become concentrated enough in the urine to form crystals. Some stones stay in the kidney, and do not cause any problems. And, sometimes, the kidney stone can travel down the ureter, the tube between the kidney and the bladder.

If the stone reaches the bladder, it can be passed out of the body in urine. If the stone becomes lodged in the ureter, it blocks the urine flow from that kidney and causes pain.

Drinking enough water dilutes the substances in urine that lead to stones. However, if you’re not drinking enough water, it leads to low urine volume.

When urine volume is low, it is concentrated. Concentrated urine means there is less fluid to keep salts dissolved, making the risks of forming larger kidney stones much higher.

Read more about the other ways you can prevent kidney stones formation

7. Joint pain and muscle cramps

Apparently, these two symptoms are not commonly connected to dehydration and are not usually expected to be caused by loss of water but when you read about it, you understand how water directly affects them.

Joint pain

Joints form the connections between bones and they provide support to help you move. 

Cartilage, which is found in joints and the disks of the spine, has a thick liquid that works as a cushion or lubricant and helps with shock absorption to the cartilage in the joints. This thick liquid consists of about 60-85 percent water.

On the long term, not drinking enough water will cause this liquid to decrease and become less effective which will reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to stiffness and joint pain with the least amount of movement.

Muscle cramps

As for muscle cramps, this usually occurs when you’re working out and especially in hot temperature, when your body is subjected to heat.

The hotter you get, the more likely you are to get muscle cramps. As the muscles work harder and harder, they can seize up from the heat itself.

“Even mild levels of dehydration (3-5% of body weight) can hurt athletic performance. If you have not had enough fluids, your body will not be able to effectively cool itself through sweat and evaporation.”

Read more about heat muscle injury and how to avoid it here.

8. Bad breath

There are several causes for a bad breath, and one of them is dehydration. If you’re not drinking enough water, this leads to less production of saliva in your mouth.

When there is not enough saliva in your mouth, it becomes dry. And because bacteria that live in the mouth tend to multiply as the mouth dries out, this provides a perfect environment for the reproduction of a bacteria called anaerobic which is the infection that causes bad odour.

This is why most people experience bad breath in the morning, because of the lack of saliva production when they’re asleep. 

You can read this article on the many different causes of bad breath and how to treat it.

Drinking water can also reduce tooth decay.

8. Premature wrinkles

When you don’t drink enough water, it weakens your skin’s defense and creates skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature aging/wrinkles.

The skin is made largely of Natural Moisturizing Factor. Water naturally binds to this NMF and it is this water binding that is what creates skin hydration. 

Healthy skin contains around 60% water. When there is not enough water in your body for this percentage to reach the skin, you will start experiencing symptoms such as dryness, flakiness, roughness, irritation, and cracking of skin.

When your skin is dehydrated and is affected by the above symptoms, it leads to your skin sensitivity, which will cause you to be affected by any outside factors much easier than with hydrated and healthy skin.

Read more about the reasons to premature wrinkles and how to avoid them.

10. Heat intolerance

Heat intolerance or hypersensitivity to heat is when you are constantly uncomfortable in hot weather.

This is caused when your body is unable to balance the temperature of your inside with the outside. The part in the brain responsible for this balance is called hypothalamus.

When you get too hot, your hypothalamus sends a signal through your nerves to your skin, telling it to increase sweat production. When sweat evaporates off of your skin, it cools your body down, and eases the feeling of discomfort from hot weather.

When you are not drinking enough water and your body is dehydrated, it doesn’t have enough amount of fluids to turn into sweat to cool your body temperature down and therefore you experience a constant feeling of discomfort.

Read more about heat intolerance symptoms, causes and treatment.

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How much water should you drink every day?

Now that we have discussed all the terrible things that are caused by being dehydrated and not drinking enough water, it’s time to know, how much water is enough water?

While there is a known rule of the 8-ounce, 8 glasses (8×8) of water per day, apparently, this is not entirely an ideal amount for everyone.

The ideal amount of water to drink varies depending on multiple factors including age, gender, and environment (temperature, altitude, etc.).

And also putting into consideration that physical exercise can greatly increase daily water needs for individuals.

According to this paper, daily water intake of 3.7 L for adult men and 2.7 L for adult women is said to meet the needs of the vast majority of people.

While in a more recent study by European Food Safety Authority, it is advised that 2.5L for adult men and 2L for adult women is the ideal amount.

And in another publication by the UK government, they advise with 6-8 glasses of fluids per day, which is about 1.2L per day.

So, it appears that there is no one definitive answer to this question, however, you can go with the average advised.

And also trust what your body tells you, because if you are not getting your required intake of water, it will most certainly let you know. So just watch out for the symptoms.

It is also important to note that, as we age, our natural thirst mechanism becomes less sensitive and we become more prone to dehydration than younger people. So, for elderly people, it is important that they pay more attention that they are getting their body’s needs for water by turning it into a habit and monitoring their intake and not just depend on being thirsty for a sign.

Being hydrated, however, does not solely depend on drinking water. It is important that the most part of it is water, however, you can still get your daily requirement of fluids from other sources such as fruits and vegetables and sugar-free drinks.

Find a list off all the different foods you can eat for hydration here.

Learn the 8 tricks I used to help me drink enough water every day.

Water in cultures and religions

This might not be very relevant to the health and science aspect here, but when I was preparing for this post I remembered a verse in Qur’an that says:

“Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing?”

(verse 21:30)

And it occurred to me to see if water was also mentioned in other religions. I thought it would be an interesting aspect to look at some water facts beside the health benefits.

But to spare you more reading, as this is already lengthy and full of information, I will just link to this article here which briefly explains how water is perceived in the many different religions, such as Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Animism (which I only now just learned about…) and many more.

Till next week, happy days!

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