What Happens If I Don’t Drink Enough Water?

I have rarely met a client, especially one on fluid pills, that drinks enough water or other appropriate fluids.  A common excuse for not drinking enough is “I am already going to the bathroom all the time”.  Another is “I don’t like water.” Yet water is critical to healthy body function.

According to WebMD, the body is composed of about 60% water and every function in our body depends on it.  We lose water through breathing, sweating and digestion and need to rehydrate and make up this loss by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.  Vomiting, diarrhea, exercise, fever, heat and Diabetes can all hasten this loss.

Water is vital to help our bodies to help:

  • Regulate our body temperature
  • Rid the body and skin of toxins
  • Facilitate brain function
  • Aid in digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva creation
  • Transport nutrients
  • Lubricate and cushion joints
  • Protects the spinal cord and sensitive tissues.
  • Keeps our skin elastic and less prone to injury.
  • And from a cosmetic level dry skin is less resilient and more prone to wrinkles and fine lines.

Yet dehydration can lead to many medical problems.  Mild dehydration can make you tired or sleepy, have dry mouth or excessive thirst, less output of urine or darker colored urine, dizziness, headache, hungry, and have less elastic skin.  It is a common reason for urinary tract infection (UTI) and vertigo.

More severe dehydration can cause:

  • Lethargy, Confusion or Coma
  • Fever
  • Increased workload on your heart, rapid heart rate
  • Changes in blood pressure causing lightheadedness or dizziness with standing making it difficult to remain upright
  • Vertigo
  • Blood clots
  • Seizures
  • Shock

There are many ways to increase your water intake.  Try to drink a small glass every hour.  Mix it with a little juice or a of the many flavored powder mixes you can find in the grocery store. Carry a water bottle that measures the fluid you drink.  Consider watermelons and other melons and fruit high in water content.  Order water as your beverage at restaurants and drink water as your meal drink. Try to build up your intake daily until you can getting in at least 64 ounces of water a day.

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