Becoming dehydrated can be easy, it is considered a mild dehydration with only 1.5% water loss. But this can
become much more dangerous in health than just feeling thirsty. That’s why it’s important to always
keep your body hydrated.
Dehydration occurs when fluid is lost from the body and is not replaced. Causes of dehydration include physical exercise, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, or excessive sweating. Dehydration can be mild or severe and can affect children and adults,
BUT OTHER THAN THIRST, WHAT ELSE CAN DEHYDRATION CAUSE?
- BAD BREATH – Saliva contains antibacterial properties, and when there is dehydration the saliva decreases so bad breath bacteria can thrive.
- PROMOTES SUGAR CRAVINGS – This is most often the case when exercising while dehydrated. Being dehydrated, the body will consume glycogen at higher speeds, so at the end of training you may have sugar cravings. That’s why it’s important to stay hydrated during training.
- AFFECTS WORKOUTS – According to Amy Goodson (Dallas Cowboys nutritionist), 2% dehydration can lower athletic performance by 10%. Dehydration can affect training performance, so don’t forget to hydrate your body prior to exercise.
- DRY SKIN – Many people have noticed that their skin becomes dry when they haven’t had enough to drink. It is important to drink water to keep the skin in a good state, the consumption of water depends on each one but if you exercise frequently or if you drink caffeine, then the consumption of water should be higher.
- AFFECTS DRIVING ABILITY – A study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior revealed that participants who were dehydrated made more driving errors than hydrated participants. Many think about not drinking at all during long trips to avoid stopping or traffic discomfort, but this has been shown to be a risk.
- CAUSES TIREDNESS – Lack of fluid in the body can lead to low blood pressure, increased heart rate, and slower blood flow to the brain – all of this leads to fatigue. Apart from lack of water in the muscles can make any physical exercise more tiring.
- AFFECTS MOOD- Research was conducted (published in the Journal of Nutrition) in which 25 participants underwent mood
and concentration tests. It was reported that those who were mildly dehydrated (only 1% below the optimal level) reported headaches, poor concentration, and irritability.
That’s why just drinking a glass of water could improve mood and minimize irritability.
- CAUSES COLD IN THE BODY
This is mainly because there is no regular blood flow that can help maintain body temperature, and apart because water helps regulate body temperature. When there is a minimum level of dehydration this could
cause cold in the person, even when they are in a cold environment.
- CAUSES MUSCLE CRAMPS – It can cause muscle cramps as there is less blood circulation through the body. This can cause muscle
cramps, as well as lack of fluids in the body will affect the sodium and potassium pumps of the cells and may cause cramps.
- CONSTIPATION – The body needs fluids to be able to have a good digestive function. When there is not enough fluid, the body
tries to compensate by removing fluid from the stool and this can lead to constipation. That’s why along with a good diet rich in fiber and water consumption can improve digestion.
- IT GENERATES DIZZINESS – Having less blood circulation in the brain due to lack of water can cause dizziness. As well as affecting the
ability to do mental tasks and have greater mood swings.
- CAUSES HEADACHES – The lack of water will directly affect the body’s serotonin levels, causing headaches. Apart from serotonin
levels, blood vessels in the brain are affected by the lack of fluids in the body and cause headaches or
migraines. So before taking a pill, it may help to drink one or two glasses of water.
These are only a few of the reasons why it is important to keep your body hydrated. Who really needs any more though?
Let’s avoid post workout crash, dry skin, and evil sugar cravings by regularly consuming 8-10 glasses of water a day.