Hydration: The Facts
Everyone knows that it’s important to stay hydrated but they may not know all the risks associated with dehydration. We’re going to give you the facts about hydration and tips to help you get the water you need.
Amazingly, up to 60% of the human body is composed of water. It’s a key ingredient in every process from transporting oxygen around the body to digesting food. This is why the longest a person can survive without water is around 100 hours. Over an average day an adult can lose up to 4% of their body weight in water. An average adult could lose between 2 and 3 litres of water just through processes like sweating and breathing.
What Effects Does Dehydration Have?
Medically, dehydration is defined as when a person has lost 1% of their body weight in water. However the negative effects of dehydration begin well before this point. In fact by the time you feel thirsty you are already on your way to being dehydrated. As water is key to so many processes every part of the body is affected.
Cognitive function is one of the first things to suffer when you aren’t sufficiently hydrated. It can become more difficult to concentrate and you may experience short-term memory loss. Mood is also affected and you may find that you lose your temper more easily.
Dehydration, as well as affecting concentration, can also make you tired. Not only can it make you fatigued but the quality of your sleep will be affected. You may find your sleep is disturbed more easily.
Blood is primarily water and dehydration causes it to thicken. To compensate your blood vessels constrict and the heart beats faster to maintain blood pressure. This can lead to feelings of dizziness and also headaches.
Dehydration can also affect your skin. If you don’t drink enough water your skin can become dry and lose its elasticity. This can lead to your skin looking dull and can have an ageing effect. Dehydration can also cause dark circles and bags under the eyes.
As water is key in helping your body digest food, dehydration can cause a number of problems with digestion. You may experience constipation and digestive discomfort. If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or acid reflux drinking more water could help ease your symptoms.
How Can I Prevent Dehydration?
The easiest way to prevent dehydration is to ensure that you drink water at regular intervals. This is especially important when it’s hot out. Our Magnesium Mineralized Water Filter Jugs make it easy to have a source of refreshing water to hand. They also fit in the door of most fridges so you can have chilled Magnesium Mineralized Water anytime.
Make sure you carry a bottle of water with you when you’re away from home. That way you’ll never be caught out by a sudden heatwave. Why not set a reminder on your phone so you always remember to stay hydrated.