We’ve all heard that the human body is primarily composed of water and that we need to consume a certain amount in order to survive. Your muscles and kidneys are composed of 73% water; your blood is composed of 83% water; your lungs are 90% water and your brain is made up of 76% water. We lose water when we breathe and daily through urine and sweat so replenishment is crucial.
Basically we are informed to drink an average of 6-8 glasses of clean drinking water daily.
When this recommended daily intake of water is not adhered yo then it is likely that the following 10 symptoms will manifest themselves.
1. Having Dark Yellow Urine
When you are drinking less than the required daily water intake then you are likely to have dark yellow urine.
This is because your kidneys will be forced to excrete a higher amount of waste product and this includes: proteins, toxins and dead blood cells and so you will experience a darker coloured urine.
Darker urine can also occur when you are on certain medications also after consuming blackberries, beets, food colouring, asparagus and B-vitamins.
All you need to do is increase your water intake and carefully observe to see if there is an improvement in your urine colour, if not then it could be a sign of more serious health conditions such as gallstones and hepatitis.
2. When You Urinate Less
Urinating 6-7 times daily is normal. If you do not drink sufficient amounts of water then you will urinate less as there is not enough water to replace the fluids excreted in the day.
While your kidneys will retain as much fluid as possible in order to prevent dehydration, you wil still need to replenish the water in your body by drinking the required daily quantity.
3. Insufficient Water Consumption Causes Constipation
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation, and constipation can often be resolved by increasing water intake. If you are not fully hydrated, your body will try to absorb water from wherever it can, including your colon. A sufficient amount of water in the large intestine is crucial for soft, easy-to-pass stools. Naturally, a lack of water will lead to harder stools that are difficult to pass.
To prevent or treat constipation, ensure you are consuming adequate amounts of water in addition to increased fiber found in fruit and vegetables. Constipation can also be the result of physical inactivity, hypothyroidism, intestinal inflammation and dysbiosis, food sensitivities and stress. If you are drinking adequate water, consider other causes of constipation.
4. Your skin is dry and wrinkles are more defined
Most women rely on expensive moisturizers to keep their body soft and smooth. Some pay high prices for procedures to reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Prior to spending money, increase your water intake. According to Dr. Diana Howard, dehydration can lead to irritated, inflamed, itching and sensitive skin. In severe cases, skin can flake and scale or become severely red with cracks and bleeds. Simultaneously, when your skin loses moisture, the cells shrivel, causing wrinkles to appear more defined and making the skin look older. The best way to revitalize your skin is to nourish it with water.
5. Hunger and Weight Gain
The body is so intrinsically smart but has a glitch – it does not know the difference between hunger and thirst. The hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for regulating hunger and thirst, often gets confused, causing hunger pangs in response to thirst. Reaching for a snack instead of a glass of water leads to excess caloric intake and weight gain.
If you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, make sure you are consuming adequate amounts of water. If you feel hungry, grab a glass of water before going for a snack and wait 10-15 minutes to see if the hunger has passed or if it’s still present. If you are still feeling hungry then it is true hunger and time for you to eat.
6. Thirst and Dry Mouth
Believe it or not, feeling thirsty for water is a sign that you are already slightly dehydrated. A dry mouth often occurs with thirst and signifies that the mucus membranes in the body need hydration. The only way to resolve thirst and a dry mouth is to drink water throughout the day.
When you don’t drink enough water, your body will attempt to preserve and reabsorb water from all of your tissues to compensate for the lack of fluid intake. Subsequently, your brain tissue loses some of its moisture and shrinks, pulling away from the skull. Pain receptors are triggered resulting in a headache. Simultaneously, when you don’t drink enough water, blood volume drops, reducing the amount of oxygen being carried to the brain. Blood vessels in the brain dilate in response leading to swelling and inflammation, intensifying the headache.
According to a 2011 study, mild dehydration can cause fatigue, tiredness and low energy. When you’re dehydrated and the blood volume decrease, the heart has to work harder to push oxygen and nutrients through the body. Next time you start to feeling tired, skip the coffee (which is dehydrating!) and drink a glass of water instead. Coffee, tea, soda and sports drinks are not substitutes for water.
9. You Will Feel Joint Pains
The water you drink helps to lubricate your joints.
If you drink less than sufficient amounts of water then you are more than likely to have joint pains because your bones will have a more direct contact with each other.
So drink lots of water to avoid joint pains.
10. Dehydration Weakens Your Immune System
You are more than likely to have an increase in your blood toxicity when you drink less than sufficient water everyday.
This is because the water you drink helps to rid your body of harmful toxins which are excreted.
When the toxins in your blood are in high amounts then your immune system is in danger of rapidly depreciating.
So remember that your body comprises of mainly water and this water needs to be replenished. You have to drink sufficient amounts of water daily in order to curb these 10 symptoms.