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This Is Why You Should Drink Water Even If You’re NOT Thirsty At All
Water is becoming the go-to drink for many, according to data from the U.S. National Health Nutrition Examination Survey for 2009 to 2012. Adult men take in 117 ounces of water daily, on average – more than 14 cups. For women, the number is 93 ounces, or almost 12 cups daily. Drinking water, plain, naturally flavored with fruits, or in soups or other foods, is crucial to your health.
Energy for the muscles
Muscle cells need water to maintain their balance of electrolytes. If there is inadequate amount of fluids the cells will shrink, hurting performance. Even a 1.5 percent decrease in hydration can lead to strength loss. Drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.
Skin looks radiant
When your body is dehydrated it will slow the blood flow and your skin doesn’t get enough oxygen or nutrients. “The single most important factor in protecting your skin is hydration,” Dr. Elizabeth Hale, from the Skin Cancer Foundation and board-certified dermatologist, says. “So drink your eight glasses of water or have soup for lunch, or any fluid-based food.”
Kidneys stay healthy
When a body doesn’t have enough water it doesn’t get rid of the all the toxins and waste in the system. This can result in kidney problems. “When dehydration occurs there is a shunt of blood away from the gut and kidneys so that the blood will preferentially go to the heart and the brain,” Dr. Joseph N. Chorley from Texas Children’s Hospital says. “With decreased blood to the kidneys, there is less nutrition and oxygen to the kidneys that results in damage.”
You stay focused
Students who bring water into exams may improve their grade by keeping hydrated, according to a 2012 study. Researchers recorded the behavior of 447 undergraduate students across three different cohorts in relation to whether students brought drinks, and the type of drinks they brought, into exams. There are two possible reasons: Water consumption may have a physiological effect on thinking functions that result in improved exam performance and/or water may alleviate anxiety, which is known to have a negative effect on exam performance.
Maintain healthy weight
Thirst usually occurs when people are 1-2 percent dehydrated, Dr. Chorley says. It can masquerade as hunger and the body doesn’t know the difference. Avoid the confusion by drinking water before it's mealtime. You’ll also feel fuller so you won’t end up eating a lot of food. Doctors recommend that people check their sweat rate during different parts of the year. “This way you can replace fluid at a rate consistent with your sweat rate, because there is so much difference in sweat rate by weight, gender, acclimatization, and fitness,” Dr. Chorley adds.
A major cause of poor digestion is dehydration. Lack of water, calcium and magnesium can cause ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux because the stomach doesn’t have enough H2O to produce digestive acid. Studies have shown that drinking water can help subdue serious symptoms of acid reflux by temporarily raising stomach pH.
Pulse stays stable
Blood pressure falls and the pulse increases as you dehydrate, according to Dr. Chorley. “The heart has to work hard to maintain the amount of blood being pumped out to the body, so if there is less fluid in the system, the heart does not completely fill, so it has to beat faster to accommodate.”
Headaches, which can sometimes be life-threatening, caused by dehydration are common. Not having enough water in the body means that the brain tissue is losing water, causing it to shrink and pull away from the skull, eventually leading to a headache. Also, the flow of oxygen to the brain is lowered due to low blood volume caused by dehydration. If you’re walking or running and you feel pain in your head, drink water.
“Dehydration will manifest as fatigue, and when people are tired, they are usually in a worse mood,” Dr. Chorley says. There are scientific reasons as well. Even mild dehydration – about 1.5 percent loss in normal water volume in the body – can alter a person’s mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly,” according to two studies conducted at the University of Connecticut. “Neurons in the brain detect dehydration and may signal other parts of the brain regulating mood when dehydration occurs.” Women tend to be more susceptible.
Balance of body fluids
The body is about 60-65 percent water. About two pints of water per day is lost through the skin, lungs, and feces, according to University of California, Berkeley. The kidneys are the major site of regulated excretion of water. Bodily fluids are needed for digestion, circulation, saliva, transportation of nutrients, and keeping a stable body temperature.
You’re not exhausted
Lack of water slows everything in the body down, leaving you feeling sleepy and tired. Adequate hydration is dependent on many different factors, such as your size, activity levels and sweat rate. By the time you’re thirsty you’re already dehydrated. The best indicator of your hydration is your urine. Someone who is well-hydrated will produce clear or light-colored urine. Dark-colored urine is a sign of dehydration.
No swollen feet and hands
Swollen feet and arms is another way lack of enough water in your body is making you sick. The reason is salt retention caused by mild to severe kidney dysfunction, which is often caused by dehydration. The kidneys are the body’s filtration system that clears it of toxins. If the organs are not working well, excess fluid is not removed from the body efficiently and it gets trapped in the tissues, causing swelling.
Cholesterol is in check
Dehydration during fasting increases lipid concentrations, according to a study. Lack of enough water in your blood will make it too thick, making it harder for the heart to squeeze and push it through the vessels. They get damaged as a result causing cholesterol to accumulate in your arteries. Also, the body increases its production of cholesterol to keep cell membranes moist, so the flow of nutrients is not disturbed.
Your breath doesn’t stink
Saliva has many anti-bacterial properties and studies have shown that licking wounds make scientific sense because it is a natural antiseptic. However, if you don’t have enough liquids in your body that are necessary for it to function properly, then you won’t be producing enough saliva. That can result in a lot of bacteria growing in your mouth, causing bad breath (which is also an unexpected way to know that you may have health problems).
Reduced risk of cancer
Water intake alone was significantly associated with reduced risk of colon cancer among women, research has shown. A separate study suggested—after examining 47,000 men—that men who drink more fluids, or about 2.5 liters a day, have a lower risk of bladder cancer, although the effect is stronger in younger men than older men.
You stay young for longer
When chronically dehydrated, all of the body’s organs begin to weaken prematurely. The skin, the largest organ, gets dry, rough and itchy, when dehydrated, making it very prone to wrinkles. Healthy skin usually has about 20 percent water. Dehydrated skin can drop to under 10. The skin then doesn’t retain moisture and the flow of nutrients is affected. If you don’t fix this problem and your body cells don’t get what they need to function properly, they will get damaged.