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What Happens When You Don't Drink Enough Water

By Sara Butler

It's a truth universally acknowledged that if you want to be healthy, then you need to stay hydrated. With temperatures climbing up as summer sets in, it's even more important to make sure you're getting enough of the wet stuff each day. Have you ever wondered what happens to your body when you don't get enough water? Read on to find out!

You Retain Water

Water is so precious to your body that if you're not getting enough of it, then it'll hold on to what it does have. That means you will retain water and temporarily add water weight, which can make your favorite pair of jeans just a bit tighter. Drink more water and your body will hold on to less of it.

You Lose Energy

If you're feeling tired, then don't reach of cup of coffee -- try a glass of water instead. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps to keep your energy levels higher. Even being slightly dehydrated can have a severe impact on your energy levels, so stay on top of your water consumption.

You Have Trouble Concentrating

Your body is made up of about 80 percent water. If you don't help it to maintain its levels, then some organs can have a difficult time functioning as they're meant to -- such as your brain. Even being slightly dehydrated can have an impact on the way your brain functions, making it difficult to concentrate and focus.

You're Cranky

If you're feeling a little cranky, then it might be because you need to drink some water! Studies have found that mild dehydration can impact your mood and cause headaches too. So, next time you're snapping at people you may want to have a glass of water and see if your mood improves a bit.

Your Metabolism Slows

People like to try all they can to get their metabolism humming. If you're working out to try to maintain a healthy weight and keep your metabolism burning but aren't making sure to stay hydrated, then you're making the job that much harder. Increase your water intake if you want to help burn extra calories throughout the day.

You Have Headaches

The next time you have a headache, don't reach for over the counter painkillers. Instead, have a glass of water! Studies have found that dehydration can lead to headaches.

Make sure to drink enough water each day!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lynnwood, Wash.

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