Water is essential to maintain your overall health and wellness, I’m sure you are aware of that. But despite of this, too many of us still don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. On an average, men should have about 3 liters of total beverages a day while at least 2.2 liters for women. But if you are not one to monitor your fluid intake using exact measurements, go by the “8×8” rule because it is easier to remember. Keep in mind that this means that you have to drink at least “EIGHT 8-ounce glasses of fluid” every day.
Now the question is, what really happens when you don’t drink enough water?
You feel dizzy and fatigued.
When your body lacks water, it “borrows” from your blood and when the blood is not properly hydrated, the oxygen that is carried through the body is limited. As a result of the lack in oxygen in our system, we feel sleepy, tired, dizzy and sometimes lethargic.
You feel hungry.
Thirst and hunger are 2 ways that your body signals its need for water. When there’s inadequate fluid in the body, you might think than you need food when it actually needs more water.
Your mouth, eyes and skin become dry.
Obviously, lack of water in the body causes your mouth, eyes and skin to have inadequate supply of water which can lead to further problems like acne breakouts, bad breath or your tear ducts to dry out. To prevent these, you should always keep your body hydrated at all times.
You experience joint pain.
The cartilage and spinal discs in our body are made up of about 80% water. So when there is low supply of water in our body, the bones will grind against each other causing pain in our joints.
Your immune system becomes weak.
Keeping your body hydrated helps eliminate toxins and waste materials that makes your immune system stronger to fight infection. If you lack water in your body, your organs will pull water from other areas to do its job, thus resulting to more health problems.