Water makes up 60% of the body. Some people don’t really see dehydration as a threat to health. But it is. Dehydration occurs when the body doesn’t have enough fluids to perform its tasks. These happens when there are more water lost than gained. Being thirsty is actually a sign that the body is already dehydrated. Drinking fluids will replace the lost water in the body. Drinking enough of it will prevent dehydration from taking place.
There are a lot of reasons why a person gets dehydrated: disliking drinking water, exercising, chronic dehydration, and more. Not everybody is the same when it comes to drinking water. Some people can’t tolerate drinking large quantities. Exercise can cause water loss through sweat. The pores of the skin open up to release toxins, salt, carbon dioxide, water, to name some. This is why rehydrating before an extreme session or keeping a water bottle with you is crucial. Chronic dehydration is a condition where the body gets used to not drinking water because it no longer feels any thirst when in fact, the body needs more water than ever.
So, what really happens when we are dehydrated?
Fatigue can result from not taking water or other fluids or from conditions like diarrhea or vomiting. Water needs to be immediately replaced to make up for the lost ones and to keep the blood thin. Thin blood is important to prevent the heart from overworking and prevent the blood from clotting.
The poop we have can only move easily in the colon if it is not dry. If the body is dehydrated, the movement will be slow and sluggish. If the poop stays in the colon for too long, the bacteria that your body is trying to eliminate will grow back and cause troubles once more.
- Dry skin
There’s no secret there. If you always have a dry, flaky, or scaly skin, it means that you are dehydrated. People usually mistake this for lacking efforts in their skin care regimen. But really, all you need to do is drink more water.
- Muscle cramps
Doing exercise without rehydrating is not advisable. In fact, it’s one of the worst things you can do to your body in the fitness department. Doing so will make your muscles sore and recuperate slower. Blood can also run thick and the heart and other organs have to pay for the consequences.
- Bad breath
Your saliva needs water in order to fight the growth of bacteria in the mouth. The saliva has antibacterial properties that can combat bacteria which causes bad breath. Strengthen your mouth’s bad breath defenses by drinking lots of water.
- Kidney stones
This may be the scariest effect of them all. No water drank during the day means no water to be urinated. Keep this up and you will be bound to develop kidney stones. And the next time you urinate if you have only taken coffee or soda for the day, it will be excruciatingly painful.
In addition to the things mentioned above, dehydration can also be caused by drinking too much alcohol. Simple fluid intake can make up for the water lost through alcohol. A hangover IV is also available if you don’t prefer to jug gallons of water to cure your hangover.