Would it surprise you to know that the real consequence of not drinking enough water isn’t just becoming dehydrated?
It is amazing how many people still don‘t drink the minimum recommended amount of water every day, but are totally unaware of the impact this has on their long term health and well being.
Yet, when you considered that up to 70 percent of your body weight is water, the importance of consuming enough becomes crystal clear.
Drinking enough water each day will improve every aspect of your health. It will also help you to lose weight and don’t forget that water is one of the best ways to flush out toxins and waste from your body.
During the colder months, you may feel a increased desire to drink water due to sweating less, which many people consider one of the main reasons why they don’t drink enough water in the winter.
Not drinking enough water has real consequences as during the cooler months, symptoms of dehydration are less obvious, but this does not mean you need less fluid. In fact inadequate fluid intake results in:
- Limited opportunities to eliminate harmful substances from your body
- Increased possibility of kidney stones
- Deterioration rheumatism
- Increased density of blood
- Lowering of your blood pressure and oxygen supply to the cells and brain (which is especially sensitive)
- Psychological effects: impaired perceptions, fatigue and irritation
There are other longer term effects which you may want to consider when you take in less water. Such as your immune system being exposed to added stress as it fights daily with various bacteria and viruses as well as having to cope with temperature variations.
“For good health, it is important to observe the optimal fluid intake throughout the year no matter what the season is,” says nutritionist from EHI *
The nutritionist also explains other negative effects of poor hydration:
- The creation of urinary stones can be surprisingly unpleasantly regardless of the weather.
- Urine can changes colour. In principle,it should be the colour of hay so the darker the urine is the more necessary it is to increase the amount of your liquid intake.
The chart below explains the average required intake of liquid per day and helps us understand the real consequences of not drinking enough water.
By Jana Lieskovska