11 Reasons Dehydration Is Ruining Your Health
By Lindsay Sibson
6 cups of water. No no no… 8 cups of water! Scratch that… what I really meant to say was take your weight, divide it by 2 and THAT is how much water you should drink.
How did a simple task become so utterly complicated and controversial?
There isn’t a lack of information out there that gives you tips, advice, guidance and techniques for how to drink water. In my opinion, it actually can all be a bit confusing and overwhelming. It’s WATER! Pour it in a glass, bring the glass to your mouth, take a sip and swallow – right? And repeat this action throughout the day.
Speaking of drinking, let’s take a water break right now. Ahhhhhhh, refreshing. Pretty simple, isn’t it?
I think the overall message regarding water is clear… you need to drink water to keep your body hydrated and healthy!
The goal is to develop a habit of drinking water during the day so that all of your body’s systems can operate smoothly and keep you feeling great. Because, the truth is, when you DON’T drink water, it leads to dehydration and can have a drastic negative effect on your health.
Let’s take a look at the different ways dehydration impacts your wellness:
1. Fatigue: Dehydration causes your inner systems to slow down, which leads to tiredness and fatigue. Water is one of the most important sources of energy in the body!
2. Digestive Disorders: Ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux can all be a result of a lack of water in your system. Water contains alkaline minerals such as magnesium and calcium, which are important for your digestive tract.
3. Asthma And Allergies: As your body loses more and more water, the rate of histamine your body produces rapidly increases. To conserve water, your body will also restrict your airways.
4. High Blood Pressure: Your blood becomes thicker when you are dehydrated, which makes it more difficult for it to flow. As a result, your blood pressure rises. Note: when properly hydrated your blood is 92% water!
5. High Cholesterol: To prevent water loss from cells, your body produces more cholesterol (which leads to elevated levels of cholesterol).
6. Skin Disorders: You eliminate toxins through your skin. But when you are dehydrated, it impedes your ability to do so! Premature aging and discoloration can also be caused by dehydration.
7. Kidney And Bladder Problems: Toxins and acid waste accumulate when you are dehydrated, which allows bacteria to grow and causes your bladder and kidneys to become more susceptible to disease and infection.
8. Weight Gain: Cells lose energy when dehydrated, which can cause you to eat more to find more sustainable energy sources.
9. Premature Aging: Your body’s organs (especially your skin – the largest organ!) will show signs of premature aging when your body is chronically dehydrated.
10. Constipation: Without water, the waste in your intestines and colon will move much slower, which can result in constipation issues. Your colon is one of the top areas that your body draws water into to make it function properly.
11. Stiffness And Joint Pain: Your cartilage (the padding between your joints) is composed primarily of water. Cartilage becomes weakened when your body is dehydrated.
Let’s take another water break before we continue. Go take a few big gulps of water – your body will thank you!
Drinking enough water is important for all aspects of your health. This simple liquid is responsible for sustaining your life!
Here is some more water wisdom to inspire you to gulp down your next glass:
- Your blood is 92% water. Your muscles are 75% water. Your bones are 22% water.
- The average adult loses 10 cups of water a day by sweating, breathing, urinating and going number 2.
- When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
- Feeling slightly hungry can be a sign of your body becoming dehydrated.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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