When we are dehydrated, our body gives us signs to warn us. Regardless, many people still are not aware how bad water dehydration can be for them.
Two-thirds of the human body is made of water. Water has many benefits to our health; it lubricates our joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy.
These are some of the many reasons you should always make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and before and after every meal. Because a lot of people don’t realize how much water they lose every day, they end up chronically dehydrated.
Here’s a list of 10 warning signs of water dehydration that you should be aware of:
When the amount of water in your body is reduced, it unbalances the minerals (salts and sugar) in your body and it affects the way your body functions. When there is low potassium and low sugar levels in the blood it leads to a condition known as heart palpitation. This is a condition that leads to premature contractions of the heart’s upper chambers-atria or the lower chambers-ventricules.
And in the case of low magnesium levels it can also lead to abnormal heart rhythm.
Saliva protects your teeth by forming a protective barrier around them. The saliva helps the teeth because with the barrier it clears the food particles on and between the teeth.
So, when you don’t consume enough water and get dehydrated you stop producing as much saliva as your teeth need. This allows bacteria to grow which causes bad breath. If your mouth is dry, it’s also more likely for your teeth to decay more quickly and your gum to develop disease.
When you’re having cravings for sweets it’s a sign that your body is experiencing difficulty with glycogen production. But, instead of junk food, reach for water-dense foods, such as fruits like watermelon, kiwi and peaches or vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes.
Painful Joints and Muscles
The cartilage in your joints is made of about 65-80% water. If the joints aren’t hydrated, it can cause the bones connected by them to grind which leads to pain and inflammation.
When your magnesium level gets low from dehydration it causes muscle cramps and pain in the leg muscles. To avoid this you need to eat dark leafy greens and avocado to replenish both your water and mineral levels.
The brain is located in a fluid sack that has the roll to protect it from bumping against the skull. This ensures that your brain doesn’t get damaged every time you try to walk or run.
If the fluid in this gets reduced, your brain can begin to push against your skull and you can start having headaches more often.
When you’re dehydrated the blood supply to the brain is decreased and it brings less oxygen and glucose, which can also trigger a headache. Before you reach for some painkillers to relieve the headache, first try drinking some water.
Constipation and Poor Digestion
Water helps the body break down the food so that it can absorb nutrients easily. Water especially boosts the absorption of water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C.
The large intestine soaks up water from your food waste and transports it to your kidneys to process it. In normal conditions, your intestine only soaks up enough water to make your stool the right consistency, but when you’re dehydrated, it soaks up more water to avoid further fluid loss. Because of this your stool gets hard, and more difficult to push through your digestive tract.
Fatigue and Lethargy
Fluid loss causes your blood volume to drop and your blood pressure to rise, so your heart has to expand more energy to feed your brain, skin, and muscles with enough oxygen and nutrients. This can make you tired and sleepy. Also, it can get harder for you to work and you can experience more fatigue and confusion than when you’re properly hydrated.
The kidneys have the role of maintain fluid balance in your body. This means that when you drink enough water, your urine is light to clear yellow. This is a good sign because it means that your kidneys have enough water to help them expel toxins from your body.
In the case of dark urine, it means that your kidney redirected water back into your body to maintain blood pressure and mineral balance, thus leaving the toxins inside you. Chronic dehydration leaves your kidneys overloaded with toxins and this is the main reason for kidney stones.
Dry Skin And Lips
Your skin is made up of about 30% water, which makes it more plumped, elastic, and resilient. The oil that your skin produces actually is good for you because it prevents water from evaporating. Factors such as showering habits, dry air, heat and skin infection lead to higher water evaporation, which can leave your skin dry and itchy. Your skin is the first one to lose the fluid content in the case of internal dehydration. This happens because in this way it allows the fluid retention in the internal organs. My advice for you is to drink enough water every day and prevent this phenomenon and skin thickness and density.
Water, or the lack of it, can produce changes in your mood and cognitive functioning. Mild dehydration can have influence to your short-term memory, perceptual discrimination, arithmetic ability and psychomotor skill. It also can cause mood swings between exhaustion, confusion, anger and high energy.
There for, if you notice any of these 10 signs of dehydration, start increasing the water amount you consume on the daily basis. This will help you solve many health problems.