10 Reasons Dehydration Is Making You Sick, Tired and Fat
Written by: Jessica Baumgardner
When you are feeling thirsty – you are already dehydrated. So then what exactly is dehydration?
You are in a state of dehydration when the amount of water leaving your body (from things like urinating and sweating) is more than the amount you are taking in. You should aim to drink ½ your body weight in ounces each day, more if you’re active.
So, how does dehydration make you sick, tired and fat?
- Dehydration manifests as hunger and causes you to consume extra calories. When you are feeling hungry or craving something – drink a glass of water first to see if that helps.
- You miss out on water acting as an appetite suppressant. Because water makes you feel full, you are less likely to snack throughout the day or eat large meals.
- Energy levels drop. This not only makes you feel tired, but also decreases the likelihood that you will be sticking to your exercise plan.
- Dehydration slows down fat burning. When you are dehydrated, everything slows down, including your ability to use fat as fuel.
- Lack of water leads to constipation. One of the first places your body will pull water from when you’re dehydrated is your colon. If you have dry waste moving through your intestines, it will move much slower and get stuck, leading to digestive discomfort and ultimately, leftover digestive sludge and weight gain.
- You end up with added toxins in the body. Water cleanses the body of waste. Less water flowing through the body = less toxins leaving the body. This leads to skin conditions, headaches and possibly more serious issues.
- Increase in bladder or kidney infections. With fewer toxins leaving the body, your bladder and kidney are especially susceptible to inflammation and infection.
- Dehydrated bodies tell your body to retain water. Keep yourself hydrated and your body will let you lose those extra pounds of water weight.
- Joint pain and muscle cramping. All joints have cartilage padding that is highly comprised of water. When the body is dehydrated, this leads to slow joint repair and weakened cartilage.
- Chronic dehydration causes wrinkles. When you are regularly dehydrated, your organs begin to age prematurely. Your biggest organ – your skin – will show these negative effects on the surface of your body.
My trick to drinking plenty of water throughout the day is this: Get yourself a 16-ounce BPA-free tumbler with a straw, add some lemons if you need some flavor and fill it as many times per day as needed to reach your water intake goal.
And by the way, soda and packaged, processed “juice” are not the same as water! A can of soda has 35 grams of sugar, up to 140 calories, no nutritional benefit, and the caffeine will only add to your dehydration. A glass of water has 0 grams of sugar, 0 calories and hydrates your body. In fact, if you have a cup of coffee each day, you should add in an extra glass of water to account for the dehydrating effects of the caffeine.
Jessica Baumgardner, aka Health Coach Philly, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She is dedicated to helping women improve their nutrition, reduce stress, lose weight and increase their energy through her personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs.
Jessica holds a Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school and the only school integrating over 100 dietary theories, from traditional philosophies like ayurveda and macrobiotics, to modern concepts.
After successfully using a holistic approach to prepare for her wedding in 2012, Jessica decided to share her knowledge of whole foods and healthy living with women, to help them fulfill their own personal goals.
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