Shocking Signs You’re Dehydrated
Written by: Kat Gal
Water is good for you. Drink 6 – 8 ounces a day. Stay hydrated. Soda is not water. You’ve heard it all.
But do you pay attention? Do you actually drink the recommended amount or more?
Do you know what happens to your body when you don’t drink enough water?
1. When you don’t drink enough water, you are destroying your health. Drinking more water is not only associated with urinary tract health, but decreases the risk of colon cancer, kidney stones and heart diseases.
2. When you don’t drink enough water, you are damaging your metabolism. Drinking enough water actually speeds up your metabolism and helps your body to perform at its best. Not drinking enough may do the opposite.
3. When you don’t drink enough water, you slow down brain function. According to some studies, without enough water a teenager’s brain can literally drain. People who don’t drink enough have to use a bigger part of their brain to solve the same problems as their hydrated peers.
4. When you don’t drink enough water, your skin ages quicker. Proper hydration renews the skin, smooths your wrinkles and gives a healthier glow. Drinking enough water keeps you younger.
5. When you don’t drink enough water, you are more likely to overeat. According to a US study, people who had 2 glasses of water before their meal ate 70 – 90 percent less calories. Often when you crave a snack, you may just be dehydrated, so drink a glass of water first and see how you feel.
6. When you don’t drink enough water, you are more likely to be in a bad mood. Based on a study, people who didn’t drink water before exercise felt more tired, irritable, angry, tense and sad. This is true for life in general. However, drinking enough water decreases your stress levels and improves your mood.
Reading this list, it is clear that benefits of drinking water are amazing, but the damage dehydration can cause is threatening. Remember, if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. To prevent dehydration, drink minimum of 8 – 10 glasses (8 oz) of water a day, more if you exercise, if it’s hot outside or if your body is craving it. Another way to look at it is to be sure to drink at least half your own weight in ounces every day.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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