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What Happens To Your Body When You Don’t Drink Enough Water


Keep in mind that there are many, MANY imperative reasons to drink water frequently, every single day. It starts out pretty serious – you feel thirsty and have a dry mouth. However the long-term effects of not drinking enough water not only have an effect on your weight but they’re also extremely dangerous and life-threatening. Here’s what happens to your body.

Milder Symptoms

It’s really not fun. Even mild dehydration has strong effects. Here’s how you’ll feel with a lack of H2O.

  • Fatigue, tiredness, sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Mood change, irritability, increased anxiety
  • Joint aches

Severe Symptoms

If your things get worse, so do your symptoms. These are the very serious and “go to the hospital” signs.

  • Low blood pressure, with a rapid heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Delirium, unconsciousness
  • Severe diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Inability to keep fluids down

Latent Effects

Regularly not drinking sufficient amount water for an extended period of time has its effect as well. Although you may run-in the milder side effects, your body is still suffering – and several of these have a significant bearing on weight gain.

Low water, slow metabolism. Your body’s ability to remove waste and detoxify is inhibited. In addition, your metabolism is slower without enough water. One study found that drinking 16 ounces of water daily help to increases your metabolic rate by 30 percent. That’s literally ONE standard-size water bottle. JUST DRINK IT.

Increased your hunger, when you’re somewhat dehydrated, your body confuses it for hunger, it is causing you to eat when you don’t need to. And you weight gain.

Slowed blood circulation and irregular temperature. Your CV system suffers, and your equilibrium is totally out of whack.

You face digestion problems. That constipation we talked about becomes a regular thing. It’s not fun, and not great for weight loss.

General fatigue. Same effect goes for your energy levels. You’ll always feel tired, unable (or unwilling) to exercise, and unable to concentrate.

Increased blood sugar. Your body needs water to break down sugar. So, if you’re diabetic, this is especially dangerous for you.

Severe Long-Term Effects

Yes, it’s terrible that dehydration makes you gain weight but there are some bigger issues at hand. If you’re neglecting your water intake, this should likely help you get on right track. Here’s what happens to your body when you don’t get enough water.

  • Heat injury
  • Brain swelling
  • Seizures
  • Hypovolemic shock
  • Kidney failure
  • Coma and death

Now go get yourself a water bottle!

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