The Risks of Being Dehydrated

water and girlHave you ever wondered why we are all encouraged to drink half of our weight in ounces of water daily? Studies have shown that dehydration has several detrimental effects on our bodies. Dehydration can actually make us weigh more and be sick.  The human body is actually 75% water, so it makes sense that we need to fuel our bodies with water every day. Drinking water can prevent you from going into dehydration and from feeling several negative side effects. Best of all, water is mostly free, which will help you to save more money.

Water is one of the main sources of energy for your body. When you don’t consume enough, you will start to feel tired and sick.  How often do you feel exhausted during the work day? Most likely you need some water.  Dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down causing exhaustion.  Another risk of being dehydrated is that your blood becomes thicker which causes resistance to blood flow and also raises blood pressure levels. Drinking water throughout the day can help prevent that from occurring.

A shortage of water and minerals can affect your digestive health.  This includes causing ulcers, gastritis, and acid reflex. Dehydration also affects your bladder and kidneys.  When you do not drink enough, toxins and acid waste accumulate and create an environment where bacteria can thrive. This can make you more susceptible to bladder and kidney infections.  In fact, the colon is one of the main organs that actually absorb a lot of water.  Drinking enough water can ward off constipation. Last but not least, but dehydration can cause you to gain weight because your cells need more fuel. This will trick your body into thinking that it is hungry for food, when in reality your body is thirsty and just needs some hydration.

According to new research, there are different times of day that are best to drink water to help fight against chronic diseases. This research is still ongoing at this time, but so far it does seem to suggest this. The best times to drink water according to the research:

  • 2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs (adding some lemon juice is beneficial)
  • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed – helps prevent stroke or heart attack

It goes on even further to suggest that drinking water before bedtime can help reduce or prevent leg cramps as well.   This is due to your legs cramping up because those muscles are seeking hydration.

Over all, drinking water is the key to staying hydrated and healthy. When your body is dehydrated, you avoid many diseases that are caused when the body isn’t functioning properly.  On Amino Diet, we want you to be fully hydrated as well so you can experience the benefits and be on your way to becoming a healthier you. If you have any questions, you can contact health coach at or over the phone at 800.980.7208.

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Authored by Health Coach; Megan

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