You can go without food for days, weeks and even months, but going without water for just one day can negatively impact your health.
Many people do not realize just how important water really is.
The human body is composed of 70% water . When we lose just a little bit of water through sweat and elimination, and we do not replenish that lost liquid, we begin to notice the effects to our health right away.
Water and oxygen are the only two things in life that,
without them for just a short period of time,
we would die.
When a person begins to dehydrate more things happen in the body than just being thirsty.
The more liquid in the body that is lost, the THICKER THE BLOOD BECOMES and the HARDER the HEART MUSCLE must work to PUMP the BLOOD through the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM.
This causes a person to lose their ability to reason and think straight. This will create a compounding effect every day that water is not replaced in the physical body.
Most people think they drink enough liquids throughout the day to keep them hydrated. But if you counted all the beverages besides water that people drink you would see that they are actually DEHYDRATING themselves.
Most liquids such as coffee, tea, soda, alcohol, Gatorade,
and sugary fruit drinks
‘ DO NOT ‘ hydrate the body like pure water can.
Some people are walking around actually dehydrated and they don’t know it because they don’t ‘feel thirsty‘.
Let’s take a look at 4 of the main reasons you should make sure you’re getting enough water.
1. FATIGUE and TIREDNESS
The first sign of dehydration is the feeling of being tired; some people experience a headache and feel like taking a nap. When the body begins to dehydrate, the tissues and cells are not getting enough water to make a person feel like doing anything; enzymatic activity slows down and, without water, the enzymes are unable to produce energy.
In fact, a dehydrated person may have no enthusiasm or joy for life. The good news is once the individual starts to drink some water, their energy reserves speed back up and sometimes the headache completely goes away.
2. CONSTIPATION and DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
If a person is not drinking enough water, they do not have enough liquid to help with the elimination process and, without eliminating the foods we digest, we gain weight, gain toxins and feel awful.
Being constipated is the beginning of many health problems, from allergies to toxic overload syndrome to digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gas bloating, stomach pain, nausea and loss of appetite in chronic cases.
3. STOMACH ISSUES and ULCERS
To protect the stomach from its digestive fluids that are made during the digestion of food, the stomach is coated with a lining of mucous, which is 98% water and 2% sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate helps in the digestive process by neutralizing the acids.
When a person is DEHYDRATED, the stomach does not have enough liquid available to make the mucous, thus producing a poor mucous lining protecting a person from the acidic fluids the digestive process makes.
This is why some people are more acidic rather than alkaline, and have digestive problems such as acid stomach and heartburn. This eventually, without the alkalinity needed, results in an ulcer of the stomach lining.
4. WEIGHT GAIN
Many times, when we are thirsty, we eat food rather than drink water. This can cause unnecessary weight gain, especially for a sedentary person. When your body is DEHYDRATED, it won’t tell you with a dry throat or mouth, but rather with a feeling of being hungry. Here’s the thing, if you just ate a sufficient meal not too long ago, how can you really need to eat again?
To know if you need water or food, the next time you are feeling hungry, drink at least one glass of water. If the hunger pains subside, you will know you just needed to feed the body some water.
THE BODY NEEDS AT LEAST 2 TO 3 LITERS OF WATER A DAY
Drinking at least this much will keep you from feeling hungry.
It will also help to eliminate more toxins from your body.
Eventually, your body will stop telling you it’s hungry
because you are maintaining hydration throughout the day.