• Deanne Pandey

What Happens when you don’t drink enough water

Water constitutes for more 60% of your body. It allows to maintain a healthy weight, flush toxins from the body, and produce bodily fluids like saliva. Water also contributes to regular bowel function, optimal muscle performance, and clear, youthful-looking skin. It is essential for every bodily function. Water also helps dissolve minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body. It also helps remove waste products. Some of the water required by the body is obtained through foods with a high water content, such as soups, tomatoes, oranges, but most come through drinking water and other beverages. During everyday functioning, water is lost by the body, and this needs to be replaced. We notice that we lose water through activities such as sweating and urination, but water is lost even when breathing. Drinking water, whether from the tap or a bottle, is the best source of fluid for the body. The amount of water needed each day varies from person to person, depending on how active they are, how much they sweat, and so on. There is no fixed amount of water that must be consumed daily, but there is general agreement on what a healthy fluid intake is. We have often read and heard about how it is beneficial water is. But did you know, not drinking enough water could have serious consequences? Failing to drink enough water can cause dehydration and adverse symptoms, including fatigue, headache, weakened immunity, and dry skin.

Here are some other consequences of not drinking enough water-

1. Skin Care

Water hydrates and plumps skin cells to make your skin look brighter, vibrant, and more youthful. However, lack of water can cause skin to lose its plumpness and elasticity—leading to dryness, flakiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Water even helps reduce acne and other skin problems by flushing harmful toxins from the body.

2. Constipation

Water promotes good digestion and regular bowel movements by keeping your stool soft and moving it easily through the digestive tract. Not drinking enough water can cause your body to pull water from stool to compensate for fluid loss, leading to harder and firmer stool that is more difficult to pass.

3. Constant Headache and Fatigue

Lack of water can cause you to experience periods of fatigue and low energy as your body tries to function without enough water. If you’re constantly feeling sluggish and tired despite getting a quality night’s sleep, you may need to boost your water intake.

4. Bad Breath

Lack of water inhibits saliva production and causes bacteria to build up on the tongue, teeth, and gums, contributing to bad breath. If you practice good oral hygiene, yet continue suffering from chronic bad breath, it’s possible you may not be drinking enough water.

5. Illness

Water helps flush toxins, waste, and bacteria from the body to fight disease and infection as well as strengthens your immune system so you become sick less frequently. If it seems as though you’re always getting sick, you may need to start drinking more water to keep your body free of toxins and functioning at an optimal level.

You can try drinking more water by not waiting till you actually feel thirsty. Keep sipping fluids between work or between your meals. Make it a point to sip water before and after every physical activity. Try maintaining a checklist or a daily goal of your water intake. Always keep a bottle of water handy and if required set reminders and alarms for the same. Try some of these ways to increase your water intake, or else you’d have to face the above consequences. Till then, stay home, stay safe and take care!

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