Severe dehydration doesn’t only happen to people stuck in the desert starting to see hallucinations of the ocean. It can happen to you in everyday life, and you may not even realize it. Many people don’t drink enough water throughout the day. The problem is that we lose so much water, yet we don’t replenish our supply. It’s crucial to drink water throughout the day to maintain your health. We have ten dangerous things that can happen to your body if you don’t drink enough water.
1. Feeling Of Lethargy
You might think you’re feeling like a bump on a log because you didn’t get enough sleep or you’re simply stressed out. You may not realize that feeling of lethargy might stem from not drinking enough water. Water doesn’t have calories or fat to boost your energy levels, but it’s crucial for the cells to get this water to provide energy to the body. The body must work harder to generate more water if you’re not drinking enough of it. Your body is trying to balance itself and stay alert, so water helps with this process. In fact, you might also feel like a cranky toddler that needs a nap about midday. That afternoon slump may slap you in the face if you don’t reach for your water bottle. Your body is craving the water it needs to give you natural energy to get through the rest of the day. Many people reach for a caffeinated beverage to give them the boost they need in the afternoon. Try a glass of water instead. You’ll notice your energy levels and your overall mood is better.
2. You Can’t Focus
That fuzzy feeling when you’re trying to focus doesn’t always mean you’re simply confused. A lack of a clear mind could be dehydration. Mental clarity leans on water. Even a dehydration level of only one percent can lead to a lack of clarity. This is why it’s important to take a few swigs of water before a big project at school or work. Your concentration depends on it. You may even notice you can’t remember little things. You may forget things like where you put your wallet or wonder if you emailed a client. Your long-term memories are safe, but your short-term memories depend on your intake of water. Water intake and healthy foods are a quick, easy way to combat a lack of focus. Always keep a water bottle on hand when you’re facing long days at work.
3. Sugar Cravings
Sometimes when you feel a hunger strike in the middle of the day, it isn’t because you need a candy bar. You’re actually thirsty. Cravings for sweets are often a sign of dehydration. This is because your liver is having a tough time breakdown down the glycogen in your body into glucose for extra energy. Your body thinks it needs sugar for your bloodstream. This may also lead to you overeating trying to fill your hunger when you really just need a tall glass of water. You can test this hypothesis by drinking a glass of water when you feel hungry. If the feeling of hunger subsides, you’ll know your body just need a little water boost.
4. Bad Breath
A lack of water can lead to bad breath. You may notice a bad odor coming from your mouth when you aren’t drinking as much water because the bacteria are now able to grow a lot easier. If you aren’t producing much saliva, your salivary glands are bacteria’s favorite place to hang out. Saliva also helps neutralize acids and keep plaque from building on the surface of teeth. Bacterial overgrowth can lead to a foul-smelling odor. Drinking water helps your body produce enough saliva to combat this issue. The water helps wash away dead cells and bacteria that are on the cheeks, gums, and tongue. Water also allows the pH levels in your mouth to stay balanced. All of these are reasons that you wake up with a foul-smelling mouth each morning. Your saliva production slows down during the night letting bacteria grow.
5. Water Retention
You’ve probably heard of people that are scared to drink too much water because they’ll look bloated. The truth is that you actually retain water and look bloated if you don’t drink enough liquid. When your body needs water, it’s going to hang on to every tiny droplet of water in your body. Just like it takes over the water swimming around the cells, it will take over any little piece of water it can. This is why you feel puffy in your face and hands at times. The good news is that this water retention will return to normal once you drink a large glass of water.
6. Dull Skin
You can’t blame every fine line and wrinkle on your lack of water. The good news is that you can blame your dull skin on a lack of water volume. Water helps your skin stay plump and fresh. If you aren’t getting enough water, the collagen in your skin starts to bind together and crack. This is when you start seeing fine lines and wrinkles. This is when most hydrating, moisturizing skin products suggest you pair them with water. They work together to freshen and plump the skin. You don’t need the fountain of youth to get rid of these types of wrinkles. Just drink more water, and you’ll notice healthier skin.
7. Higher Risk of Stroke
A lack of water can lead to many serious health conditions. If you aren’t getting enough liquid, your risk of stroke rises. If you’ve already had a stroke, a lack of water will lead to a longer recovery time. Basically, water keeps the organs, nerves, and blood all working together. If your body doesn’t have enough water to keep it all flowing and working in happy harmony, it could lead to blood vessel issues. When people don’t drink enough water, the blood may become sludgy. The thicker blood cannot travel through the brain as well as usual. It might start to back up or block the blood vessels leading to a stroke.
8. Headache And Cellular Issues
Many people notice a mild headache when they first start seeing signs of dehydration. Headaches may be dull, or they may be debilitating. Headaches due to dehydration happen because the brain is temporarily smaller because of fluid loss. This loss of fluid makes the brain pull away from your skull. It sounds scary, but it can quickly be fixed with a drink of water. Drinking water helps make your brain “puffy” again. Your headache should quickly dissolve once the brain is able to maintain its normal shape. A headache goes hand-in-hand with the shrinking of cells. This isn’t a good thing for the body. The body starts to pull water from anywhere it can get it when it’s thirsty. This means it resorts to soaking up fluids from the body itself. It will take water from the blood as well as any water hanging out around your cells. This means the cells then shrivel up. At this point, your entire body will feel the effects of dehydration.
9. Slower Metabolism
Your body actually needs more water if you’re trying to lose weight. When you drink about two large glasses of water (approximately 17 ounces), your metabolic rate increases up to 30 percent. When your body is dehydrated, it won’t burn fat. Over 70% of the muscles in your body consist of water. Muscles cannot generate energy without water. This is also why you feel so lethargic. Your body needs water to boost its metabolism and energy. Your body can’t utilize any of your fat as fuel if it’s dehydrated. Basically, the body goes into survival mode to stay working. There is simply not enough fuel for it to burn fat or calories without adequate water. If you intake more water, you reap the rewards in the fitness realm. If you drank about six cups of water each day, you could burn over 17,000 calories in a year.
10. Bathroom Issues
Staying regular cannot happen unless you drink water regularly. Not getting enough water will lead to constipation. If your stools look like small pellets, you could have a problem. This is because water helps push everything through your digestive tract. It helps form your stools and helps your stools leave the bowels. Your body starts to steal water from its digesting food just to get what it needs. If your body doesn’t have an adequate amount of water to help with these things, you’ll notice these issues in the bathroom. Another thing you may notice in the bathroom is dark urine. Urine should be clear or light yellow. The lack of water may even affect your kidneys. Without enough water to help to dilute, your kidneys work overtime trying to filter your blood. This often leads to painful kidney stones
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