Like most of us, I am aware that my body is made mainly of water and I need to be drinking more of it. I am not much of a water drinker until I am actually quite thirsty. But did you know that by the time you are thirsty, you are already at the point of dehydration? This is only one of the physical signs of dehydration.
This is no laughing matter as our bodies need that water to function efficiently. Without the proper amount of water, our bodies can experience some damages and that is why it is important that you are able to recognize the physical signs of dehydration.
Often when we become tired, we think it is a result of lack of sleep and yes, it often is. However, dehydration can also make us feel sleepy and lethargic. Water is crucial in keeping our energy levels up.
So instead of reaching for that soda or an extra cup of caffeine-laden coffee, have a glass of water or even better yet, reap the additional nutritional benefits of lemon water.
#2. Elevated Blood Pressure
The blood in your system is approximately 92% water if you are completely hydrated. So when you become dehydrated, your blood pressure will increase. Why, do you ask? Well, because the blood is made almost entirely of water and when there isn’t enough water, the blood becomes thicker and thus it does not flow as easily. Consequently, your heart must work harder and your blood pressure rises.
#3. An Increase in Asthma and Allergies
When your body begins to get dehydrated, it is looking for any way to conserve that water. One of the ways it does that is to begin restricting your airways, making it more difficult to breathe. As it loses more and more water, histamine is produced more quickly, making your airways feel stuffy and inflamed – clear physical signs of dehydration.
#4. Rise in Cholesterol Levels
What we eat, especially those high in saturated fats can lead to higher levels of cholesterol. And without enough water, the body will do whatever it needs to do to stop water from leaving its cells.
As a result, cholesterol levels can become even more elevated. This can result in a clogging of the arteries due to fatty deposits, making it more difficult for the blood to flow. If the arteries become clogged enough where the blood cannot flow through, a heart attack or stroke may be on the horizon.
#5. Unhealthy Skin
The intake of water allows our body to remove toxins and once you do ingest the adequate amount of water, your skin is one of the first organs to show signs.
Have you ever noticed that your skin can become blotchy and you don’t look as youthful as you did even yesterday? Drinking a few glassfuls of water can help to rejuvenate your skin and make you look younger.
Not only drinking actual water will help clear your skin but many foods can also give you a clearer complexion as they contain high levels of water and proper vitamins, minerals, and fats.
#6. Digestive Issues
Our digestive system is responsible for eliminating toxins and wastes from our bodies so it does not become polluted in a sense.
In order for it to perform these tasks efficiently, it needs sufficient water. The lack of water can result in an excess amount of acid being built up and thus, you may experience acid reflux. Even ulcers and gastritis may occur.
#7. Bladder and Kidney Problems
Our kidneys also help to clean our bodies and remove harmful toxins. When we are dehydrated, the kidneys are not supplied with the amount of water required to function properly.
As a result, toxins and acid begin to build up and this is an ideal atmosphere for bacteria to grow and multiply quickly. Thus, our kidneys and bladder are more susceptible to infections and inflammation and this can be very painful.
Think about if you have ever experienced a bladder infection? The burning and overwhelming urge to urinate is almost intolerable and one of the first things your doctor will tell you is to drink large amounts of water to help flush out the infection.
If you do have a bladder infection or even suspect that you might, you do need to see a doctor to receive the proper medication.
Constipation can be a direct result of not consuming enough water. If your stool becomes dry or difficult to eliminate, your body is giving you a signal to drink more water. It is one of the most prevalent physical signs of dehydration. Your colon and intestines need a tremendous amount of water to allow the bodily wastes to be removed and this is why you should be drinking water throughout the day.
Constipation can be painful and even require medical attention if it becomes serious enough. (So, people, think about that – you can either drink water or have to deal with medical professionals about your poop!!??)
#9. Increase in Weight
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, if you become dehydrated, your cells are not receiving the adequate supply of water they need to supply us with energy. We begin to feel fatigued, and many of us then choose to eat more and often make unhealthy food choices. This causes us to obviously gain weight.
The reality is we very well may be confusing our thirst and need for hunger. So next time, when you think are hungry, try drinking some water first and consider if your body is telling you it is dehydrated instead of hungry.
#10. Pain or Stiffness of the Joints
Cartilage is present between all of our joints to absorb the pressure of ur daily activities. Think of it as extra padding so your bones don’t knock against each other. That cartilage is composed of mostly water and if you are not providing your body with enough of said water, the cartilage begins to wear away.
This is where you begin to feel pain in your knuckles, wrist, and knees because the cartilage is worn away or no longer present to protect the bones. This then will lead to discomfort and pain.
Water – a simple combination of hydrogen and oxygen – is essential for a healthy body and mind. Start your day off with a glass of water and remember to be reaching for it throughout the day. Pay attention to the physical signs of dehydration. Your body is going to thank you!