We’ve all heard that drinking pure water is essential for our well being. But, what many people are not aware of are the illnesses that can be caused by drinking insufficient amount of water per day.
Did you know that we are mostly water? The brain is 75% of water, the blood contains 95% of it, the bones 22% and the muscles around 75
Overall, we are 65% water, and that’s why we need it in order unfold many physiological processes and biochemical reactions in our body.
The first stages of dehydration demonstrate after we lose 1-2% of total water.
There are number of symptoms that shows that our organism lacks water. Fatigue, mood swings, headaches, muscle cramps, sugar cravings, chills are only few of them.
But, the chronic dehydration is the one that causes serious damage to our organs that lead to sickness. Here are some of them:
Constipation: The body draws water from the colon when it is short in it, so waste starts to move slowly through the large intestines, which leads to constipation.
Digestive Disorders: Deficiency of water and alkaline minerals like magnesium and calcium in the body can lead to various digestive disorders, like acid reflux, ulcers, and gastritis.
Sweet-tooth Cravings: We need water in order to process nutrients in the body, such as glycogen. So that’s why the body signals that you need sugar when actually you need water.
High Blood Pressure: When the body is hydrated, the blood is normally about 92% water. But, when dehydrated, it becomes thicker, leading to high blood pressure.
Weight Gain, Constant hunger: When dehydrated, the body cells are depleted of energy to burn fuel, causing tiredness. That’s the reason why we eat more.
High Cholesterol: The body creates more cholesterol in order to prevent water loss from the cells.
Headaches and Migraines: Dehydration in the body dispossess fluid sacks around the brain cells to bear pressure. This is the reason for migraines and headaches.
Joint Pain or Stiffness: All joints have cartilage padding composed mainly of water. Dehydration weakens the bones, leading to pain and discomfort in the joints.
Asthma and Allergies— in order to conserve water, the body restricts the airways, increasing the histamine levels.
Bladder or Kidney Problems: The accumulated acids and toxins create a suitable thriving environment for bacteria, leading to inflammation, pain, a formation of stones, and infections.
Skin Disorders: Dehydration impairs the removal of toxins through the skin, leading to skin disorders such as wrinkles, psoriasis, dermatitis, and discoloration.
How can we prevent dehydration?
In general, the recommended amount of water we should consume is 8 glasses of it per day. That is approximately 2 liters.
But, the need for water can vary given different factors like physical activity, weather conditions, etc.
The best way to track your hydration status is by checking your urine. Different urine colors gives you different information about your hydration level.
If it is dark and concentrated, it means that the kidneys are withholding water to perform bodily functions. If this is the case, you should drink more water. The ideal color of the urine is light yellow.
A healthy person urinates about 7-8 times daily. So if you do not urinate several times per day, you might lack water.
Drinking sodas, coffee, juices or energy drinks are NOT a substitution for water. Since they’re rich in caffeine and sugar, they can contribute to dehydration. Also, processed fructose in such beverages causes obesity and metabolic dysfunction which raises the risk of diabetes and cancer.
As a final point, we advise you to avoid drinks other than water in order to your overall health. Focus on clean water and listen to your body- it will always tell you what it needs.