The culprit of obesity is not always the wrong food or lack of exercise. In fact, one of the major reasons of weight gain is dehydration. When an individual does not drink enough water required to keep the body healthy, he or she may face a bevy of negative effects.
We require water to nourish the body, get rid of waste and regulate the important functions in the body. Our body comprises 75% of water and every human being requires a certain amount of water every day to survive. The place of residence, age, and gender are some factors that influence the amount of water consumption. Here are 11 reasons dehydration is making you sick and fat.
Kidney problems – A dehydrated body accumulates acid waste and toxins, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. It makes the bladder and the kidney to be more prone to inflammation, infection and pain.
Constipation – When there is shortage of adequate water in the body, the body draws water from colon to provide fluids for important bodily functions. When there is less water, waste moves slowly through the large intestine or sometimes not at all thereby leading to constipation.
Digestive problems – A paucity of water and alkaline substances such as magnesium and calcium in the body can lead to a host of digestive disorders including gastritis, acid reflux and ulcers
Fat accumulation – When dehydrated the body is unable to get rid of the toxins thus causing them to be stored in fat cells. Also, the body does not release the fat unless there is enough water in the body to safely wash off the toxins.
Affects organs – When dehydrated for long periods, the organs in the body, including skin, the largest organ starts to wrinkle and weaken prematurely.
Skin issues – Dehydration prevent the removal of waste through the skin and make one susceptible to an array of skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, and premature wrinkling.
High blood pressure – When fully hydrated, the blood in the body comprises 92% water. Dehydration causes the blood to become thick which restricts blood flow, and this result in high blood pressure.
Fatigue – Water is one of the principal sources of energy. Due to lack of water, the enzymic activity in the body slows down leading to fatigue and tiredness.
Joint pain – Joints contain cartilage padding made up mainly of water. Dehydration causes the cartilage to weaken. Joint repair slows down causing discomfort and pain.
Breathing problems – When there is not enough water, the body restricts the airways to preserve the water. This often leads to asthma and other allergies.
Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water every day is an imperative. The average individual loses around 10 cups of water daily just by sweating, urinating, eliminating and breathing. Another point to keep in mind is that most people substitute water with coffee, tea, alcohol and other beverages not realising that the natural thirst in the body is a sign that it needs plain water. Also, these beverages comprise water but they also contain caffeine, sugar, alcohol, chemicals and artificial sweeteners that act as strong dehydrators. In fact these beverages cause you to be more dehydrated.
Chronic dehydration is a growing problem, and the sooner you start paying attention to your fluid intake, the better it is for your health.