What Happens When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

What Happens When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Without any doubt, water is the elixir for life.  Not consuming enough water is simply not good for your body.  However,  with the hustle and bustle of everyone’s fast paced lives, one hardly has time to control their diet let alone monitor their daily water intake. This article is therefore meant to remind you how important it is to drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday and what happens to your body if you do not.

1. Shriveled Skin
If you want your skin to be healthy, you have to drink enough water. If you do not drink enough, the collagen or elastic tissue in the skin can crack and bind together, increasing the appearance of wrinkles. Not drinking enough water also makes your skin look dry as your body is not able to produce sweat naturally which is important to keep your skin from looking parched. Hence, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

2.Joint Pain
80% of your cartilage and spinal discs are made up of water and if you do not drink enough water, you will be suffer from joint pain. Fluid is essential for the lubrication of your joints.

>3. Loss of Muscle Mass 
A report written by the Biochemistry Journal found that decreased levels of water resulted in cell shrinking causing muscle protein breakdown. Research found that the water content within a muscle cell (myocytes) plays a critical role in muscle breakdown. If you keep training when dehydrated, your strength and muscle size will decrease.

4.You Stay Sick for a Longer Time
The water in your body also constantly filters your body organs and rinse out toxins. Lack of water in your body means the toxins stay in your body longer. As a result, if you are sick, drinking more water helps you combat the illness.

5.Feeling of Exhaustion
The cells in your body need water for various metabolic processes, including breaking down the food we eat into usable energy. Without sufficient fluid, the body works harder o generate enough water for these processes. Hence, low water intake means low energy.

6. Digestive Problems
The lack of water also distresses your digestive system by weakening the mucus in your stomach. It also results in you getting constipated . Water helps to push things through the digestive tract and helps with the formation of stools and evacuation of the bowels.

7. Reduction in Urination
If you are not consuming the required amount of water, you are not paying a visit to the washroom 4 to 7 times a day. If the color of your urine is yellow it is a sign you are dehydrated.

8. Gain Weight 
A dehydrated body desires for more food as the brain confuses thirst with hunger. This may result in you putting on unnecessary weight.  You may also feel very bloated due to fluid retention from not drinking enough water.