Hello lovely readers! How many glasses of water did you drink today? If the number is around 8 to 10, you are on the safe side but if it’s less than eight; you might want to read on. Water is life; we come across this slogan every now and then. We can survive without food for like weeks but we cannot go without water making water a synonym for life. Our bodies are 70 percent water and that means if we don’t provide enough water to our body, we’ll suffer from many scary symptoms which isn’t just dehydration but a lot more than that. Here’s what will happen to you if you deprive yourself of H2O.
We suffer from dehydration when the water intake is lesser than the loss of water from our body. We lose water in the form of sweat, urine, and water vapors from our mouth. If your water intake is less, dehydration is the first thing that will happen to you and the symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, headache, not being able to urinate, stickiness in the mouth, and can go as far as chest pain.
Declination of brain functions
Brain cells are 85 percent water; needless to say that lack of water can really affect our brain adversely. Brain needs water to create hydroelectric energy through osmosis cell and if our brain doesn’t receive enough hydration, the brain tissue stop the flow of energy in the brain resulting in decline of brain functions both psychological and biochemical functions.
The water in our bodies regulates our body temperature. It acts as a cooling agent for our skin and internal organs. But without enough water supply, the cooling mechanism may not function well. it can cause quickening of pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, heat cramps and heat strokes which can be life-threatening.
The main function of kidney is water elimination and when there’s shortage of water, Renin Angiotensin is a system that our body activates. This causes our kidney to restrict urination which in turn leads to tightening of vascular system. If it continues to happen, it can lead to kidney stones and damage the kidney. The signs of kidney stones include lower back pain, puffy eyes, swelling of legs and feet and anxiety.
Not drinking enough water can lead to digestive problems by toxin build up and weight gain. It can also cause constipation which may further lead to allergies, trapped winds, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome and abdominal pain.
Water helps keep our skin youthful and fights off the radicals that cause premature ageing. If you drink enough water throughout the day your skin will look radiant and keep you away from skin problems like acne, blemishes and wrinkles.
Yes, not drinking enough water can cause obesity. Drinking healthy amount of water daily helps in elimination of toxins and waste from our body and is important for healthy metabolism system. Drinking water also makes it easier to lose weight as it makes you feel fuller leading to low consumption of food.
For smooth functioning of bones, cartilage is present between joints and is made up of 80 percent water. Lack of water can cause it to dry and cause pain in joints as the movement of each joint will result in inflammation. Also, the toxins in bloodstream will also increase, worsening the situation.
To help digestion and neutralize digestive acids, our stomach has a mucosal lining which is 98 percent water and 2 percent sodium bicarbonate. But due to dehydration, stomach cannot maintain this lining which can lead to acidity, heartburn and stomach ulcers.
Since water is responsible for elimination of toxins from our body, drinking less water can result in build up on toxins and may restrict the filtration of waste from organs. A dehydrated person takes longer to heal during sickness as the amount of toxins in their body will make them feel unwell for a longer period.