Raise your hand if you drink the recommended 2-3 liters of water a day…every single day.
Was your hand raised? Don’t feel too bad if it wasn’t. You’re not alone, most people unfortunately do not consume the recommended daily intake of water.
Sure, it seems harmless, but what really happens to your body when you skimp on hydration? On average, adults lose about 2.5 liters of water every day from sweating and other everyday bodily functions. That water loss, combined with a lack of adequate water intake can do a lot more harm than you think. Take a look at some of the short term complications related to dehydration.
- Cravings for sugary/starchy foods
- Memory loss (short-term)
- Loss of concentration
- Lethargy (can result in lack of sex drive)
- Dry skin
- Pale skin
- Cognitive impairment
- Constipation and other digestive problems
- Dry mouth
- Decreased urination/strong-smelling & dark-colored urine
- Under-eye bags & hollow/sunken eyes
- Fine lines & wrinkled skin
- Low blood pressure
As a result of long term dehydration the body will begin to essentially redistribute water, ensuring vital bodily functions receive water where as the other non-vital bodily functions are put on the back burner. The parts of the body receiving inadequate amounts of water for extended periods of time can cause chronic symptoms that are easily confused with actual illnesses. Some of these mistaken illnesses include inflammation, weight gain, allergies, hypertension, arthritis, chronic constipation, acid reflux, and chronic fatigue. In situations where there is a complete lack of water intake for about 3-4 days (give or take a few days depending on the person and the environment), the result is death.
If that’s not a reason to reach for your glass (or water bottle), then I don’t know what is.
Can’t seem to remember to drink up? There are several apps available for mobile phones that can track your daily water intake and remind you to drink up. My personal favorite it Hydrate Daily for the iPhone.
How do you remember to drink up? Share your personal tips and tricks below!