Headache, bad breath, and irritability may indicate a lack of water
About two-thirds of your body is composed of water. It is essential to feel, see and be well. Every cell, tissue and organ needs this fluid to function correctly.
Your body loses water through daily activities, such as sweating and urination. To keep your fluids in balance, you should drink water every day to avoid dehydration, because when dehydration is severe, it can be life-threatening.
Here are 10 things that happen to your body if you don’t drink enough water:
1- Dry skin
Dehydrated skin usually looks dull. Collagen begins to crack and bind, and fine lines or wrinkles may be more noticeable.
2- Bad breath
When you’re dehydrated you don’t produce as much saliva. As saliva decreases, bacteria can grow and cause bad breath.
3- No energy and low physical performance
A little dehydration can take away your energy and make you feel tired, says Mayo Clinic. Your body can’t efficiently convert carbohydrates to energy without plenty of water.
The brain may shrink or reduce temporarily due to water loss. The brain separates from the skull, causing pain and resulting in a dehydration headache. The pain may be mild or severe, like a migraine.
5- Reduced concentration and irritability
Your brain also needs water, dehydration can cause decreased mental performance, which means that completing tasks, concentration, short term memory as well as learning new things becomes more difficult.
6- You gain water weight
When you are low on water, your body seeks to retain fluids, you will feel bloated and may have a temporary weight gain.
7- Dark urine
The most common reason for dark or brown urine is dehydration. Because your body tries to conserve liquids, your brain sends signals to your kidneys to send more water to blood, instead of expelling it in urine.
If you feel hungry between meals, you may be confusing dehydration with hunger. Drink some water and wait twenty minutes to see if your hunger decreases.
9- Joint pain
Water works as a lubricant. A component of saliva and the fluids surrounding joints. About 70-80% of your joint cartilage is made of water, so if you are dehydrated you may have joint pain.
Water helps you to evacuate by facilitating the movement of food through your intestines.
Dizziness or light-headedness, muscle cramps, increased blood pressure and high temperature. Severe dehydration can cause shock (insufficient blood flow through the body) and even unconsciousness or delirium.