Body dehydration is a serious and often neglected health issue.
Most of us, and especially children, often turn to other sources like sugary drinks, and fruit juices, instead of water, and this causes a chronic lack of water in the body that can trigger numerous health issues, such as anxiety, brain fog, urinary tract infections, fatigue, and digestive issues.
Water is of vital importance for our overall health, as it plays numerous functions in the body.
First of all, water protects the joints, issues, and spinal cord. It acts as a lubricant and cushion for the joints and maintains the optimal levels of moisture in the blood, bones, and brain.
It is also essential for the elimination of toxins and waste from the body, through perspiration, urination, and defecation.
Digestion starts with saliva, and its basis is water, and it is also necessary to help the digestion of soluble fiber.
It is of high importance to increase the intake of water as it will restore the natural hydration levels of the body, and treat other health conditions, like bladder infections and urinary tract stones.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should also boost their fluid intake, as their body will use more fluids than usual.
Water is essential for life, it makes up 60% of our bodies, 75% of our muscles, and 85% of our brain.
Therefore, its lack in the body is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately, before it causes any other complications.
CBS reports that a shocking 25% of kids and teenagers and 75% of American adults are dehydrated.
Here are the most common signs that your body needs more water:
1. When the body lacks water, it turns to the blood to obtain oxygen, which can cause fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, and bad mood;
2. The lack of water makes the blood thicker and its flow slower, which leads to sodium buildup, and high blood pressure;
3. Water retention and high cholesterol levels are also caused by dehydration;
4. A lack of water in the body makes the elimination of toxins and waste slower, so it accumulates and leads to digestion issues, stomach pain, and constipation;
5. The lack of water in the body makes the mouth and eyes feel dry and causes dry, cracked skin;
6. The signals of thirst originate in the same part of the brain as the ones of hunger, so often, you might feel hungry, but your body actually needs water;
7. When the body lacks water, the skin is dry and prone to issues like rashes, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin disorders;
8. The slow blood flow due to the lack of water means less oxygen in the brain and symptoms like bad headaches and brain fog;
9. A dark yellow or brown urine indicates that you need more water in the body;
10. Back and joint pain can also indicate dehydration, as the body’s cartilage contains about 80% water, so you need to replenish fluids after sweating to keep the bones and joints lubricated and healthy.