There’s not much in this world more refreshing than a tall ice-cold glass of water, however more than half the world’s population suffers from dehydration without even realizing that this can lead to serious health problems.
Dehydration can have a negative effect. You are 60 to 80% of water, so if you don’t drink enough water every day it disappears from your blood up to 8%. This leads to narrow blood vessels, blood clots, raised blood pressure and a risk of heart attack and stroke. Also, it disappears from the intercellular space up to 26% and this causes raised acidity levels, gout, kidney stones, brittle bones and lower immunity. Finally, the water disappears from yourself up to 66% which leads to higher cholesterol, reduce metabolism and accelerated aging. Here are some tell-tale sings you are experiencing dehydration.
This seems pretty obvious but the ramifications might not be so. Of course anytime you feel that sticky nasty feeling in your mouth, you obviously reach for some liquid, but keep in mind that sugary drinks are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. Drinking water lubricates the mucous membranes in your mouth and throat. You need to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it needs to stay hydrated. In fact, dry skin is one of the earliest signs of full-on dehydration. A lack of water means a lack of sweat which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day. If you want to stave off breakouts, the first recourse should be to drink more water.
Thirst goes beyond the desert-like tongue. Anyone who’s ever had a hangover can tell you that, upon waking up, your body just can’t get enough water. Alcohol dehydrates the entire body and drinking water sends yes, please signals to the brain until your fluid levels get back to baseline. Listen to what your body is telling you.
A lack of water intake leads to dry bloodshot eyes. Without water in the body your tear ducts dry up and this can cause much more harm to your eyes especially if you wear contacts every day.
Your cartilage and spinal disks are made of about 80% water. This is an absolute necessity to keep your bones from grinding against each other with every step you take. By keeping your body hydrated, you ensure that your joints can absorb the shock of sudden movements such as running, jumping or falling awkwardly.
Your muscles also are comprised mostly of water. Less water in the body means less muscle mass. Drinking water before, during and after a workout not only keeps you hydrated and comfortable it also brings water to the right place in the body and decreases the chance of developing inflammation and soreness related to exercise and weightlifting.
Drinking water allows your body to flush out toxins continuously. Your organs work to filter out certain waste products like machine but if you don’t fuel the machine with water it cannot work properly. What ends up happening a dehydrated body is organs start to pull water from stored areas like your blood which leads to a whole new set of problems.
When a body is dehydrated, it borrows water from your blood and a lack of properly hydrated blood leads to a lack of oxygen being brought throughout the body. A lack of oxygen then leads to sleepiness and outright fatigues. A lack of stamina means you’ll start to experience that 2 p.m. crashed earlier and earlier in your day. Remembers coffee won’t help in the long run.
When you’re dehydrated your body might start to think it needs some food. This happens throughout the day and overnight when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body whereas drinking water purifies your organ and supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes.
Without proper hydration, the amount and strength of mucus in the stomach lessens, allowing stomach acids to do some significant damage to your insides. This leads to what we commonly refer to as heartburn and indigestion.
The amount of water your body retains naturally decreases as you age while premature aging is more evident on the outside, the damages that are done to our insides will ultimately be felt over time.
Pinch the skin on the back of your hand, if the fold of your skin swings out straight away, then you are hydrated. But if the skin stays in the position even for a moment, you’re dehydrated. So go and have a glass of water right now. Remember that dehydration may lead to serious health consequences