Feeling fatigued? Is your skin feeling itchy or are your allergies bothering you more than usual? How are your joints feeling, or your tummy? These symptoms as well as others could simply be due to dehydration. Our bodies are made up on average of 75% water and we lose approximately 10 cups of water every day just with the normal activities of breathing, sweating, and urinating. If we don’t replenish this water we are subject to becoming dehydrated.
Water is our most vital source of energy in our body. When we are dehydrated the enzymes in our body slow down and cause us to feel tired and sluggish or fatigued. At the same time, our body goes to food sources as a source of energy causing the body to feel hungry when it is actually thirsty. This is a common cause of weight gain.
Our blood is typically 92% water when we are fully hydrated. When we don’t consume enough water it can make our blood thicker and more sticky causing more resistance within our blood vessels and cause a rise in our blood pressure.
Because we lose water even through normal breathing, our body will naturally restrict our airways when we are dehydrated to conserve water. As it does this, it also produces a larger amount of histamine the more water we lose. The combination of these events can cause asthma and allergy symptoms to be more severe as we become dehydrated.
Our bodies get rid of toxins through our kidneys, digestive system, and through our skin. When we are dehydrated, the toxins in our skin are not dispersed and can cause premature aging, discoloration as well as several skin disorders such as psoriasis, and eczema. Water is pulled from our colon to supply water to other organs, when this happens it slows the movement of wastes through the intestines or stops it completely. Toxins are also allowed to build up in our kidneys and bladder as a result of dehydration and can make us more prone to infection, inflammation and pain.
Our joints are cushioned by cartilage that mostly consists of water. Dehydration can cause cartilage to become weakened and slow to repair and heal.
The best way to avoid these side effects of dehydration is to drink plenty of water. Drinking eight 8oz glasses of water is a great place to start. Start your day off with a nice cool glass of water to get your body moving and ready for the day. Drinking cold water helps to increase your metabolism and burn calories. The effects begin about 10 minutes after drinking the water and last for about 30-40 minutes after you finish. Try to drink 2 glasses before each meal. This will promote fullness and better digestion. Remember if you are feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Now time to go drink some water!