Friday, January 27, 2017

What Happens When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Jan. 27, 2017

Dear Cathy:

I am 65 years old but I know I am not drinking enough water so what is happening to my body? Not Enough Water, Arkansas

Dear Not Enough Water:

You body needs water to survive. Over 75% of people are “chronically” dehydrated. Pay attention to your body. If you crave salt, it’s a good chance you are dehydrated. 

If you feel faint, or have purple lips, you are probably dehydrated. If you have thin, brittle hair you might be dehydrated. Many people eat too much food because they are dehydrated. The body is simple saying “give me water.”

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. We lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and as water in our sweat, urine, and stool. 

Along with the water, small amounts of salts are also lost. When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated. Just remember severe dehydration can lead to death!

Many conditions may cause rapid and continued fluid losses and lead to dehydration such as fever, heat exposure, and too much exercise; vomiting, and diarrhea.

Not drinking enough water can also lead to kidney issues so make sure you are sipping on water every half hour.

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