When you are feeling thirsty – you are already dehydrated. So then what exactly is dehydration?
You are in a state of dehydration when the amount of water leaving your body (from things like urinating and sweating) is more than the amount you are taking in. You should aim to drink ½ your body weight in ounces each day, more if you’re active.
So, how does dehydration make you sick, tired and fat?
- Dehydration manifests as hunger and causes you to consume extra calories. When you are feeling hungry or craving something – drink a glass of water first to see if that helps.
- You miss out on water acting as an appetite suppressant. Because water makes you feel full, you are less likely to snack throughout the day or eat large meals.
- Energy levels drop. This not only makes you feel tired, but also decreases the likelihood that you will be sticking to your exercise plan.
- Dehydration slows down fat burning. When you are dehydrated, everything slows down, including your ability to use fat as fuel.
- Lack of water leads to constipation. One of the first places your body will pull water from when you’re dehydrated is your colon. If you have dry waste moving through your intestines, it will move much slower and get stuck, leading to digestive discomfort and ultimately, leftover digestive sludge and weight gain.
- You end up with added toxins in the body. Water cleanses the body of waste. Less water flowing through the body = less toxins leaving the body. This leads to skin conditions, headaches and possibly more serious issues.
- Increase in bladder or kidney infections. With fewer toxins leaving the body, your bladder and kidney are especially susceptible to inflammation and infection.
- Dehydrated bodies tell your body to retain water. Keep yourself hydrated and your body will let you lose those extra pounds of water weight.
- Joint pain and muscle cramping. All joints have cartilage padding that is highly comprised of water. When the body is dehydrated, this leads to slow joint repair and weakened cartilage.
- Chronic dehydration causes wrinkles. When you are regularly dehydrated, your organs begin to age prematurely. Your biggest organ – your skin – will show these negative effects on the surface of your body.
Оur trick to drinking plenty of water throughout the day is this: Get yourself a 16-ounce BPA-free tumbler with a straw, add some lemons if you need some flavor and fill it as many times per day as needed to reach your water intake goal.
Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in! Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.
Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it.
Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy! If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.
Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite!
To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.
Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. Drink up!