The average human body is 75% water. Our brains consist of 75%, blood 92 %, bones 22% and muscles 75%.
So what happens to the body when you are dehydrated?
- Blood pressure. When you are dehydrated blood becomes thicker and therefore makes it harder to flow this can result in raised blood pressure.
- Cholesterol. Your body will produce more to prevent water loss from the cells.
- Energy/fatigue. Muscle weakness due to enzyme activity slowing down can cause fatigue.
- Allergies/Asthma. Airways can become constricted as a means to conserve water.
- Skin disorders. Elimination of toxins through the skin are impaired, which can make skin vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, as well as wrinkles and discolouration.
- Digestion disorders. Shortage of water and alkaline minerals can lead to digestive disorders such as acid reflux or ulcers.
- Joint pain or stiffness. All joints have cartilage padding which is composed mainly from water. If dehydrated, cartilage is weakened and joint repair is slow, resulting in pain and discomfort.
- Constipation. The colon is the primary source, where water is drawn from in order to provide fluids to other body functions. Lack of water in the colon causes waste to move slower or stop in the large intestine.
- Weight gain. Your body is unable to remove toxins effectively resulting in them being stored in fat cells. The body will not release the fat unless it is properly hydrated.
- Bladder and kidney problems. The accumulation of toxins and acid waste creates an environment where bacteria can thrive. This results in the bladder and kidney being more prone to infection, inflammation and pain.
So what can you do to maintain hydration?
- Have a nice cool glass of water as soon as you wake
- Drink a glass of water before each meal
- Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day
- Keep water on your desk at work
Remember if you are THIRSTY, you are already dehydrated.