How much water do you drink in a day? Think long and hard before you answer. And feel free to include tea, coffee, fruit juice, soda or any other beverage in this calculation as well. If you drink anywhere between six to eight glasses a day, then you’re just about fine. If not, then you’re in for trouble.
There is a great possibility that you will have to deal with a certain health condition. People who drink 2 glasses of water before their meals eat 75-90 calories less. This routine will help you lose 5 pounds in three months.
Dehydration is usually the first effect from drinking insufficient water. Dehydrated people often experience thirst, headache, and dryness and/or stickiness in the mouth, lips, tongue, and skin. When the dehydration becomes more serious, symptoms can include fatigue, becoming unable to urinate or having dark-colored pee, confusion, dizziness, and chest pain. Dehydration usually occurs due to lack of fluid, but can be a result of health conditions such as diabetes. Children under five and elderly people are more susceptible.
2. Body Temperature
The water inside your body acts as a cooling mechanism, both for external skin and internal organs, particularly following physical exercise. This internal cooling system may not function properly if you are not drinking enough water, which can cause heat cramps, a quickened pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness, severe weariness, and feelings of being too hot or cold. In severe cases, heat stoke can occur, which can be life-threatening.
3. Skin wrinkled
Water hydrates the skin, fills in the fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a nice and bright skin tone.
4. Constipation and Digestive Problems
For effective bowel motion, you need plenty of water. Not drinking enough water can cause toxin build-up and weight gain, and you will start to feel terrible. Long-term constipation may lead to many health issues, including toxic overload syndrome, allergies, and digestive problems, such as trapped wind, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, abdominal pain, and reduced appetite.
5. Kidney stone
Drinking plenty of water will help you reduce the chances of getting kidney stones, gastrointestinal and urinary tract cancer, and heart attack.
6. Stomach Ulcers
Within the stomach, there is a mucosal lining consisting of 98% water and 2% sodium bicarbonate, which aids digestion and protects the stomach by neutralizing digestive acids. During dehydration, the stomach cannot effectively produce this mucosal lining, as there is insufficient fluid available. This can result in an overly acidic stomach, along with heartburn, eventually producing stomach ulcers.
7. Joint Pain
Cartilage is found in the joints and vertebral discs, and is required to prevent bones grinding together. It consists of around 80% water. Therefore, good hydration ensures good shock absorption in the joints during activities such as running, dancing, or jumping.
8. Reductions in Muscle Mass
Muscles are also high in water content, so not drinking enough water can lower overall muscle mass. To reduce the risk of sore and inflamed muscles when you exercise, ensure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after physical activity. This will not only help you feel hydrated, it will also ensure water is delivered to the body parts that need it.
9. Long Periods of Illness
Water constantly eliminates toxins from the body and allows your organs to filter out waste products. This process will start to malfunction during dehydration. What’s more, in someone who is dehydrated, their organs will take extra water from the blood, causing further problems. The accumulation of toxins within the body can make the dehydrated person feel continuously unwell.
10. Premature Aging
As we get older, the body naturally retains lower amounts of water, so we need to increase our water intake. Dehydration can cause both internal and external aging, although it will be mostly evident in the condition of your skin.