Water is a life force. The earth is the only planet in our solar system with life because it has water. About 71 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. The human body is also made up of water. About 50-65 percent of the human body is water. The muscles and kidneys are 79 percent water, the brain and heart are 73 percent water, the skin contains 64 percent water, the lungs are about 83 percent water. Even the bones have water, 31 percent of bones are water.
We need water not only to balance the water content in our body but also to hydrate as well as release toxins and free radicals from the body. Water has healing power and it heals our body in various ways.
When our body does not get enough water, we suffer from dehydration. Dehydration is life-threatening. When your body does not get enough water, the organs cannot function properly, resulting in seizure, organ failure, and of course death. Extreme dehydration causes death, however, even mild dehydration can cost you dearly.
Here are some of the common problems created by water deficiency.
Dry mouth: When you don’t drink the required amount of water, your mouth will become dry. When the mouth is dry, there will be bacteria overgrowth inside the mouth resulting in bad breath.
Dry skin: Dehydration also causes your skin to be dry. Remember, 64 percent of skin is water, you need to balance that water content. Some of the common problems caused by dry skin are itching, premature wrinkles, etc.
Pain: When your body is not hydrated well, you experience pain in the various parts of the body. The brain is the most effected area. Milder symptom includes headache, stress, and extreme symptom include brain fog. Dehydration also causes injuries in the various organs. Ligaments and cartilage are prone to injury when you are dehydrated. You might also experience muscular cramps.
Digestive issue: For a better digestive system, you need water. One of the common symptoms of dehydration is constipation. Water improves bowel movement and passing of stool smoothly from the rectum. Chronic dehydration can cause stomach ulcers.
High Blood Pressure: Yes, you read this right. Dehydration also causes high blood pressure. When you drink less water, the blood becomes thick. The heart has to work harder to pump thick blood, which increases the heart rate. When blood becomes thick, blood volume increases that constricts the blood vessel.
Respiratory issue: Since lungs are 83 percent water, you need a lot of water for the lungs to function properly. Dehydration may result in dry cough because when you don’t drink enough water, lungs will lose the moisture. Chronic dehydration makes the mucus membranes in the respiratory system dry. Thus making you vulnerable to dust, pollen, and other irritants.
Urinary Tract Infections: You need a lot of water for the urinary system to functions properly. If you don’t drink water, your kidneys cannot function well, thus cannot release toxins, resulting in urinary tract infection.
Weight Gain: Dehydration also results in weight gain. People often confuse thirst with hunger as the body sends signals to have something. Therefore, when you are dehydrated you tend to eat more. When you are dehydrated, you lose your body volume. Dehydration is when just 1 percent volume is depleted, however, you don’t feel thirsty until 2 percent volume is depleted. Therefore, you eat when you are dehydrated.
Mood swings and the foggy brain: When you do not have enough water content in the body, you will get into a bad mood. You feel angry, irritated, confused, and frustrated. Even worse, you might have brain fog and become unable to thin properly.
How much water your body needs depend on various conditions, for example, you need to drink more water in summer compared to winter, you also need to drink more water if you live in warmer climate compared to cold climate, you need more water if you do a lot of physical work. Normally you need 2-3 liters of water every day.