Side Effects of Not Drinking Enough Water

Side Effects of Not Drinking Enough Water

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Ever notice how just about every article on weight loss, health, and fitness recommends drinking water? Why? Water is imperative for your health.

Here’s what happens when you don’t drink enough:

You gain water weight.
It sounds counterintuitive, but skimping on drinking water can actually cause water retention and temporary weight gain.

Your energy drops.
Feeling groggy? In fact, even slight dehydration can significantly drain your energy levels.

You lose focus.
Made of 80 percent water, your brain’s abilities and functions seriously depend on it.

Your risk of stroke increases.
Not only can dehydration make you take longer for you to recover from a stroke, but it can actually make it worse.

You get crankier.
A series of cognitive tests and found that even being mildly dehydrated affects your mood and causes fatigue and headaches

You feel hungrier.
If your stomach is growling try drinking water and waiting 20 minutes before grabbing that snack you want to eat.

Your metabolism tanks.
Research shows that drinking about two tall glasses of water increases metabolic rates by 30 percent and increasing water intake by 1.5 liters a day (about six cups) burns an extra 17,400 calories or five pounds over the course of a year.

You get headaches.
Dehydration can also lead to headaches. Before you reach for the Tylenol, try drinking water.

Your skin worsens.
Water helps to plump up your skin, so you should be able to imagine what dehydration will do.

Your workout suffers.
Your body cannot efficiently convert carbs into energy without ample water and insufficient liquids in your body will also hold back the breakdown of fat.

You have more bathroom troubles.
Your colon absorbs up to five liters of water per day but when water levels drop it absorbs more—which makes it harder to expel waste.

Your kidneys will function poorly.
In order for your kidneys to work properly, you need water to dilute the blood else your kidneys have to work overtime to filter out the blood leading to failure or kidney stones

And so will your heart.
When you’re dehydrated, your heart has to work harder to maintain blood flow when you stand up and can result in fainting.

Men may experience erectile dysfunction.
In a dehydrated state, you produce a greater amount of angiotensin, a type of hormone that is commonly found in men experiencing having difficulty achieving stable erections.

You stop crying.
Tear production is decreased when a person is dehydrated from not drinking water as the body stores the water to hydrate vital organs first.

Your pee changes color.
When you don’t drink enough water, your urine color will turn into a darker yellow, and if severely dehydrated you might not even pee at all.

This article is for general information purposes only and is not medical advice. Consult your physician if you experience any symptoms related to this article.

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