The Cost of Dehydration
By Sara Butler
Water is life. Your body needs it in order to survive and to function properly. But many people don’t get enough water over the course of a day and are in a constant state of dehydration. If you’re not getting enough, then it may be costing you in ways you are not aware of. Here are some of the consequences of not drinking enough water all day, every day.
One of the first body systems impacted by dehydration is your gastrointestinal tract. The lining of your stomach and intestines is mostly composed of water, and when there’s not enough of it then the system can’t perform its job correctly. This can cause heartburn, constipation, and indigestion – just to name a few things. It may also impact your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you are eating.
The cartilage that cushions and protects your joints is comprised of about 80 percent water. When you don’t drink enough water, then it has a direct impact on your joints. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic reports that if you are chronically dehydrated, then you have about a 60 percent chance of developing an inflammatory condition such as arthritis.
Dehydration is a condition that is actually visible. If you don’t get enough water to drink, then the layer of skin that covers delicate parts of your body, such as your lips, can become so dry it cracks. Dehydration also impacts the way your skin produces natural oils, which can lead to further dryness and a dull complexion.
Your blood is nearly 90 percent water, and if you don’t get enough water every day then your heart has to work harder in order to get oxygen to each cell in your body. This can leave you feeling zapped of energy and sluggish in your mind – all easily remedied by drinking enough water!
Your kidneys help to filter toxins and waste out of your blood, producing urine to help them exit your body. If you don’t get enough water, then your kidneys may not be able to do their job properly. This can cause bloating, fluid retention, and higher levels of toxins in your blood. Dehydration also increases your risk of developing kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
All you have to do to avoid these things is get enough water daily. You should aim to consume half of your body weight in ounces of water per day!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.