It is old news that drinking water is great for your health. It can do everything from promoting kidney and brain health to reducing joint pain to making you happier and protecting your spine.
The human body is made of 60% water which helps us to regulate our body temperature, pass nutrients through cells and flush toxins and waste from the body.
Now that you know what getting enough water can do FOR
you, here is a list of truly strange things that happen to your body when you fall short with your water consumption:
1. You'll be hungrier than usual
There are studies out there that show drinking water before meals can affect your appetite. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger leading you to eat. Only problem with that is you end up being even thirstier. What's more, being dehydrated slows down your metabolism which is murder if you are trying to lose weight!
2. You might be constipated
There are a few factors that can lead to constipation but not consuming enough liquid is a big one. Doctors will recommend eating fiber and drinking more water if you are having trouble moving your bowels.
3. Fatigue and poor concentration
Dehydration causes your brain to shrink away from your skull. This means you will need more brain power and energy to complete even basic tasks, resulting in tiredness and poor concentration.
4. Kidney stones
One of the more extreme consequences of dehydration is kidney stones. Minerals like calcium, oxalate, magnesium and sometimes uric acid, can become concentrated and settled in the kidneys or in the area leading from the kidneys to the bladder. This is what forms the 'stone'. It is very painful and does require hospitalization.
5. Dry skin
Water plumps and hydrates your skin. No amount of expensive product can rescue you from dry, patchy, wrinkled skin if you aren't getting enough water.
6. Headaches and mood swings
Dehydration leads to poor circulation which causes a lack of blood supply to your brain. This causes headaches and mood swings. You will be achier and moodier than you would be if you were just drinking water!
Do these symptoms sound familiar to you? What efforts do you make to ensure you get enough water over the course of your day?