We need to drink plenty of water during our day and almost 75% of our body weight is actually water. A human can not survive without water for more than a few days because our cells, organs, tissues are dependent from it. Water lubricate our joints and eyes, filter toxins from the body, help at digesting food, keep the skin healthy and many many more.
Without water, the body stops functioning properly and it’s essential to keep hydrated.Food that are in high water content can also help and the body is releasing more water in a case of:
- physical activities,
- excessive sweating, vomiting, diabetes, frequent urination, bad weather or diarrhea. This type of actions are causing electrolyte imbalance in the body, that can lead to dehydration and make it difficult for the body to function as expected.
Sometimes people don’t realize they are lacking water in their organism so here are the signs of dehydration you should pay attention are:
1. Heart Palpitations
- disturbing the balance of minerals (salts and sugars) in the body,
- when potassium and sugar levels in the blood are low is when the function imbalance starts
- it causes premature contractions of the heart’s upper chambers (atria) or in the lower chambers (ventricles)
- deficit of magnesium caused by excessive sweating or diarrhea, can lead to abnormal hearth rhythm.
2. Really Bad Breath
- saliva protects from tooth decay, dental diseases and cavities,
- it forms a protective barrier around them and clearing the food particles on and between the teeth
- when dehydrated, you’ve not producing enough saliva so the bacteria can grow and cause a bad breath
- dry mouth also makes your more likely to develop a tooth decay and gum disease.
3. Food Cravings
- Professor Dr. John Higgins, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas in Houston and chief of cardiology at Lyndon B. Johnson, says that when dehydrated, the liver and some nutrients – that are using water as a fuel to release glycogens and other compounds of your energy store what furthermore results in food cravings
- cravings can go from salty snacks to chocolate
- cravings for sweets are more common, because the body can’t produce glycogen
- eat more water-dense food and avoiding junk and processed foods
- fruit, watermelons, kiwi, peaches, oranges are a good start
- eat vegetables as cucumber and tomatoes to satisfy the cravings.
4. Pain in Joints and Muscles
- the cartilage in the joints is made up to 65% up to 80% solely from water
- if not properly hydrated the bones will start grinding themselves and can cause joint pain and inflammation
- low magnesium caused by dehydration can cause muscle cramps and pain in the leg muscles
- eat more dark leafy greens and avocado to replenish water deficit and restore mineral levels.
5. Frequent Headaches
- the brain is located in the skull, that sits inside a fluid “sack” that helps it prevent from bumping against the skull
- it makes sure that the brain doesn’t get damaged every time you walk or run
- dehydration causes the brain to push towards the skull and cause headaches
- dehydration also decreases the blood supply to the brain which means that there is less oxygen and glycolysis , that causes a terrible headache.
6. Consttipation and Poor Digestion
- water helps in breaking down the food, so we can absorb the nutrients
- it boosts the absorption of water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C
- large intestine soaks water from the food waste that is produces by the kidneys and helps the intestines soak the right amount of water to make the stool in it’s right consistency
- when dehydrated, the intestines soak more water to prevent fluid loss, that makes the stool hard and difficult to push out
7. Fatigue and Lethargy
- fluid loss causes the blood volume to drop and the blood pressure to rise
- the heart uses more energy to give the brain, skin and muscles it’s very much needed oxygen and nutrients.
- it makes us feel very sleepy
- recent study found out that the women that didn’t drink enough water after exercising have had bad results on questionnaires about current mood
- the study also proved that it’s harder to work and people who are dehydrated are experiencing more fatigue and confusion
- man showed some similar results.
8. Dark Color Of Your Urine
- drinking plenty of water, the urine color is light to clear yellow
- the kidneys have just enough water to clear the toxins from the body
- if urine color is not in this range, the kidneys have redirected the water back into the body to make sure you maintain good blood pressure and mineral balance
- dark urine is a warning sign that you have lots of toxins and you should start drinking water immediately
- chronic dehydration overloads the kidneys with toxins that might result in kidney stone creation.
9. Dry Lips and Skin
- human skin is made up to 30% of water,
- water contributes to it’s plumpness and resiliency
- the oil that the skin produces prevents the water from evaporating
- things like showering, dry air, heat, skin infection etc. also lead to water evaporation what makes your skin dry and itchy
- cells that are in the skin are the first one to loose their fluid content caused by internal dehydration
- drink plenty of water every day to prevent this and maintain skin thickness and density.
10. Brain Fog(lack of cognitive thinking)
- lack of water causes some mode changes and difficult in healthy cognitive processes
- mild dehydration causes a short-term memory loss, perceptual discrimination, arithmetic ability, vasomotor tracking and psychomotor skill
- mood swing caused from exhaustion, confusion, anger and high energy.
Drink plenty of water every day and eat more water-dense foods can fix this.
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