What happens if you don’t drink enough water?
May 20th, 2015
- You’re more likely to have health problems. Higher intake of water has been linked to lower chances of kidney stones, urinary and colon cancer and heart attacks.
- Your metabolism (the calories burned while at rest) rate stagnates. The more hydrated you are the better the metabolic rate.
- You eat more. A 2010 study of 45 adults funded by the Institute of Public Health & Water Research found that those who drank two 235ml glasses of water before each meal consumed 75-90 fewer calories while eating. (Over three months, water drinkers lost an average of 2.3kg more than the dieters who were parched)
- You look more wrinkled.
- You’re in a bad mood – dehydrated people are more likely to report feeling fatigued, confused, angry, depressed or tense.
- Etc! Etc! Etc!
What are the benefits of drinking water?
It’s no magic bullet, but the benefits of water are many.
In fact, drinking water is essential to your health.
Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health.
When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp.
- Increases all brain functions.
- Helps weight loss – Water Can Help Control Calories
- Improves concentration levels and productivity.
- Water Helps Energize Muscles
- Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
- Water Helps Your Kidneys. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.
Signs of Dehydration
- Muscle cramping
- Dark urine
- Dry mouth
- Flushed skin