Can I ask you something – did you know that water makes up about 75% of your body weight? YES, and according to the experts, a person can’t survive without water for more than a few days. It’s because every cell, organ and tissue in the human body depends on water. Water lubricates our joints, eyes, it aids digestion, it eliminates all harmful toxins from the body, keeps the skin healthy, etc. Ladies and gentlemen, you should drink plenty of water every day, because without water, your body would stop functioning properly.
It is important to keep your body hydrated, and in order to stay hydrated, you should drink fluids and eat foods rich in water content. Sometimes, your body may lose water more than usual. This can be caused by some physical activities, excessive sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, diabetes and frequent urination. This causes an electrolyte imbalance in your body, leading to dehydration and making it difficult for your body to function at its best.
The 10 most common warning signs that your body is lacking water – DON’T IGNORE THEM:
- Heart Palpitations
The experts warn, if the normal water content in your body is reduced, it will disturb the balance of minerals – salts and sugar in your body. This will affect the way they function. You should also know that these symptoms usually “happen” when the levels of potassium and sugar in the blood are low. This can cause premature contractions of the heart’s upper chambers (atria) or the lower chambers (ventricles). And, one more thing – low magnesium levels, which can be caused by excessive sweating or diarrhea, may also lead to abnormal heart rhythm.
- Bad Breath
The saliva protects your teeth from decay, disease and cavities by forming a protective barrier around them and helping clear food particles on and between your teeth. But, if you’re dehydrated, you don’t produce enough saliva. The reduced amount of saliva allows bacteria to grow, and to cause bad breath. You should also know that dry mouth will make you more likely to develop rapid tooth decay and gum disease.
- Food Cravings
According to the experts, when you are dehydrated, it can be difficult for some nutrients and organs like the liver – which use water to release some glycogens and other components of your energy store. And, unfortunately, this means that you will get cravings for foods. YES, you can crave for anything – from chocolate to a salty snack. But, cravings for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty with glycogen production.
Note: avoid junk and processed foods, and eat more water-dense foods. You should eat more fruits, like watermelon, kiwi, peaches, etc., and consume vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes. You will notice that these vegetables will satisfy your cravings.
- Painful Joints and Muscles
The cartilage in your joints is made up of 65% to 80% water, which means that when the joints aren’t properly hydrated – it can cause the bones (in which they connect) to grind. This process will cause joint pain and inflammation. And, one more thing – low magnesium, caused by dehydration, can also cause muscle cramps and pain in the leg muscles. So, make sure you consume more dark leafy greens and avocado. These foods will help you replenish both your water and your minerals levels.
First, I would like to say a few things about the human brain – the human brain is located in the skull, and it sits inside a fluid “sack”, which keeps is from bumping against the skull. This protective fluid sack ensures that your brain isn’t damaged every time you walk or run. But, if the fluid sack is reduced, your brain might begin to push against your skull (which is one of the most common causes of headaches). You should also know that the dehydration process decreases the blood supply to the brain, which means – less oxygen and glycose. This can also cause a terrible headache.
- Constipation and Poor Digestion
Water helps our body to break down the food and it boosts the absorption of water-soluble vitamins, like Vitamin C. The large intestine soaks water from your food waste to be processed by your kidneys. So, your intestines soak the right amount of water to make your stool in the right consistency. So, be very careful, because if you are dehydrated, it will soak up more water to prevent fluid loos. This will make your stool hard and it will make it difficult to push it through your digestive tract.
- Fatigue and Lethargy
Fluid loss causes your blood volume to drop and your blood pressure to rise, which means that your heart has to use more energy to “feed” your brain, skin, and muscles with oxygen and nutrients. This will make you tired and sleepy. According to a study, women who don’t drink enough water after exercising, had bad results on questionnaires assessing mood.
- Dark Urine
When you drink plenty of water, your urine color should be light to clear yellow. This means that your kidneys have enough water to expel toxins from your body. But, if color is dark, it means that your kidneys redirected the water back into your body to maintain blood pressure and mineral balance. Dark urine has a large concentration of toxins and should be taken as a warning sign to drink more water – immediately. Be careful, because chronic dehydration can leave your kidneys overloaded with toxins, even causing kidney stones.
- Dry Skin and Lips
The human skin is made up of about 30% water, which means that water contributes to is plumpness, elasticity and resiliency. And the oil, which is produced by your skin, prevents the water from evaporating. But, showering, dry air, heat, skin infection, etc. can lead to high rates of water evaporation. You’ve probably already noticed that these “things” will make your skin dry and itchy. The skin cells are the first to lose their fluid content during internal dehydration. This is actually done to favor fluid retention in the internal body organs. So, you should drink plenty of water every day to prevent this phenomenon and skin thickness and density.
- Brain Fog
Lack of water can cause some changes in your mood and the cognitive functioning. A mild dehydration can cause a short-term memory, perceptual discrimination, arithmetic ability, vasomotor tracking, and psychomotor skill in people of all ages. Dehydration can also cause mood swings between exhaustion, confusion, anger and high energy.