- Thirst and dry mouth
In a state of dehydration, your body produces less saliva, which has antibacterial properties. This leads to bad breath because there’s bacteria proliferation in the oral cavity.
Another symptom is a dry mouth because water is a lubricant that keeps the mucus membranes in the throat hydrated, thus preventing dry mouth.
These are some of the first symptoms of dehydration because in this case, there’s a reduced amount of fluid surrounding your brain. This fluid is particularly important as it acts as a buffer protecting the brain from mild knocks.
Along with migraines, dehydration leads to irritating headaches because it decreases the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain.
According to a 2010 report published in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology, dehydration is one of possible causes of migraines and severe headaches.
Dehydration also makes you feel fatigued and lethargic. As your brain is lacking water, this causes low blood pressure and inadequate oxygen supply throughout your body. This in turn leads to sleepiness, fatigue and a lethargic feeling.
Dehydration also negatively affects the transport of essential nutrients to every cell in the body. In fact, your body works very hard to sustain this, spending more energy than usual, thus making you feel constantly tired.
Keeping hydrated is the easiest way to stay alert and full of energy.
- Joint pain
Your joints and cartilage are made of 80% water, so whenever you’re lacking this fluid, it increases friction between your bones, which leads to joint pain. In contrast, when your body is well-hydrated, your joints can handle sudden movements, such as running, jumping or falling, without any pain.
- Poor immunity
If your bod lacks water it retains the toxins in the blood which affect your immune system and the way your body handles infections. You need to stay hydrated so that your body will have an easier task in disposing of the waste material and will have a better chance against infections.
Don’t confuse sickness with thirst
When it comes to hydrating your bod you need to know that not every liquid is beneficial, as a matter of fact certain liquids can even be counter-productive, like coffee and sodas. They contain high amounts of sugar and caffeine which means that they dehydrate your body.
Dr Batmanghelidi, a medical doctor and expert in the healing potential of water, believes that most ailments considered as ‘diseases’ actually disappear as patients increases their water intake.
He continues stressing that the right water intake can help in the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, cardiovascular problems, asthma, and joint pain. Can you believe the healing power of water?
If you want to increase your water intake you should consider making some changes which will help you accomplish your goal. Start your day with a large glass of water, always carry a bottle of water with you and even set your alarm to remind you if you forget.