Safe, drinkable water is now more accessible than ever before. In the developed world we are fortunate to have unlimited amounts flowing right into our homes, stores, restaurants, gyms, schools, offices, and even parks.
Yet despite this accessibility, an estimated 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. For many of us, we aren’t even aware of how much water we should be drinking; since the symptoms of dehydration come on so gradually, it’s hard to notice them.
That is why chronic dehydration is particularly dangerous. If we are mildly dehydrated for a long time, we might not even remember what it’s like to be fully hydrated – and all that we’re missing.
Dehydration is linked to a number of common health problems, that affect your ability to function properly at work and throughout the day. This means that dehydration not only affects your health, but your finances and your family life.
Here are the top 5 effects of dehydration
Medical research has found that dehydration:
- Affects thinking and focus
Since the brain is over 90% water, a mere 1% loss of body fluids – which your body can experience substantially more than before you even start to feel thirsty – can cause a decline of 5% in cognitive function. Focus is also impaired substantially by dehydration; 5% of dehydration can cause your blood to thicken so much that it literally cannot reach certain areas of the brain.
- Affects athletic performance
Muscles are composed of approximately 70% water; water participates in most metabolic reactions and flushes out toxins, such as lactic acid, from the muscles. Dehydration causes fatigue, reduced metabolism, increased heart rate, and slower recovery after exercise.
- Affects how you feel
Irritability, fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, headaches are all symptoms of dehydration. Being dehydrated also weakens your immune system, making you more vulnerable to pain-causing diseases. As your joints rely on water as a lubricant, dehydration makes you vulnerable to joint pains and inflammation.
- Affects appearance
Dehydration prevents the secretion of toxins through the skin. It can thus cause skin wrinkling, discolouration, and dryness. It can also speed up aging and increase your risk of acne and dandruff.
- Affects vulnerability to chronic health conditions
The list of chronic health disorders linked to dehydration is long; constipation, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, asthma, obesity, high cholesterol, skin problems like dermatitis and psoriasis, bladder and kidney diseases, and acidosis (highly conductive to cancer growth).
What can you do?
These effects of dehydration are not to be underestimated. Though they are common, they can be easily reversed by ensuring that you are drinking the right amount of water for your body. For more tips to stay hydrated, click here.
Hydration with Santevia mineralized alkaline water is particularly healthy; the alkalinity of the water helps to neutralize the acidity of your lifestyle, the minerals help build and strengthen your body by providing it with the nutrients you need to function, as well as break up water clusters, making the water easier for your body to absorb.
We at Santevia know that your health is one of the many things you’re keeping track of. That’s why we make easy-to-use, sustainable products ideal for an on-the-go lifestyle. Visit Santevioa.com to find your perfect companion to avoid dehydration and keep your body at it’s best this summer.
This post was written by Chris Herron