Water is essential for the proper function of the human body. After all, 60% of our body weight is made up of water. It is also needed to ensure that your organs are functioning properly. Organs such as your lungs, kidneys, heart and brain are mostly made up of water.
Water provides many benefits for the human body. These include:
- Providing nutrients for the life of every cell in your body
- Regulating internal body temperature
- Assisting in metabolizing nutrients
- Assists in flushing waste out of your body
- Assists in absorbing shock for the brain and spine
- Forms saliva
- Lubricates joints
Despite all of the benefits of drinking water, majority of American’s do not drink the recommended amount of water everyday. Worst of all, most people don’t even know when they are dehydrated, and therefor do not recognize the symptoms they are experiencing as a result of dehydration.
This is why we are presenting a list of 9 symptoms of dehydration, and how water can help prevent them.
9 Signs of Dehydration:
1. Headaches and dizziness
73% of the brain is made up of water, so it should be no surprise that one of the most common causes of headaches and migraines is dehydration.
According to the National Health Services, symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, light-headedness and headaches.
2. Lowered cognitive function
Dehydration doesn’t only affect the brain by causing headaches, it as also been shown to lower cognitive function, meaning you are not as mentally capable as you normally are when you are dehydrated.
According to the American College of Nutrition, being dehydrated by just 2% impairs your attention span, motor skills and memory.
3. Bad breath and dry mouth
When you are dehydrated your body does not produce as much saliva as it normally does.
Saliva is important for keeping the mouth moist and and is also responsible for inhibiting the growth of bacteria that causes bad breath. Therefor being dehydrated can cause dry mouth and bad breath.
4. Digestive problems
Water plays a big role in digestion. As was mentioned before, water is needed for the function of all of the body’s organs, including the intestines. Water keeps the intestines smooth and flexible and ensures that the food you eat moves smoothly along them.
Dehydration plays a huge role in constipation. Food moves from your stomach to the large intestine, but if you don’t have enough water in your body the large intestine soaks up all of the water from the food waste. This creates hard dry stool that is difficult to pass, otherwise known as constipation.
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