The Effects of Dehydration
Written by wendycorr on August 21, 2019
Most people take drinking water for granted, but keeping hydrated has a huge impact on overall health. And despite how important water is, many people fail to drink enough fluids each day. I’m Wendy Corr, with your daily wellness tip.
In a 2007 survey of 3400 adults, researchers found that 7 percent of adults reported no daily consumption of drinking water, 36 percent reported drinking 1-3 cups, and only 22 percent of adults reported drinking 8 cups or more a day. But our bodies are MADE of water – over 70 percent of our body IS water!
To function properly, all the cells and organs of the body need water. It is also used to lubricate the joints, protect the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, regulate body temperature, and assist in digestion.
Although some of the water the body needs can come from foods with a high water content, like soups, tomatoes, oranges, things like that – the majority is gained through drinking water and other non-caffeinated beverages, like herbal tea.
And without drinking enough water, your kidneys don’t function properly, blood can become thicker and increase blood pressure, and your skin can become more prone to skin disorders and premature wrinkling.
When we’re dehydrated, asthma and allergies can get worse, and digestive problems and constipation can become an issue. Most importantly, dehydration can affect brain structure and function.
So how does drinking water make a difference?
Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. Drinking water can reduce hunger, which helps in weight loss; improves your complexion, helps keep you regular, boosts your Immune System and Puts You In A Good Mood. Best of all, water is CHEAP, so you save pennies as well.
Do your body a favor – drink at least 8-10 cups of water a day. Your body will function better, and you’ll feel great!
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