Dangers of Dehydration

If you’re thirsty then you are in the danger zone. If your pee is dark yellow then you are in the danger zone.

It’s time to listen up and hear what your body is telling you. Water is so important to our health, our mind and of course our life. Without it we die, plain and simple.

On episode 27 of Cut the Crap & Keep it Real Podcast, my guest Shawn Stevenson talks in great depth about water and how important it is to our brain, our DNA and energy levels. He also explains what’s in our water and where we can find the best water possible to consume. I highly recommend you give this water episode a listen.

In this post I want to share with you some of the dangers that being in a dehydrated state can pose.

Water has the amazing power to heal, it nourishes us from the inside out and has many minerals in it that the human body needs. We are also made of mostly water, we are approximately 70-80% water. Crazy to think right? Especially when we look at ourselves and see mostly solid matter.

Water is involved in many bodily functions. It’s aids our digestion, helps us go to the bathroom (#2), it carries nutrients to the body and removes wastes from the body. It improves our circulation, gives us energy and keeps our brain functioning correctly (although I sometimes worry about mine! LOL)

One thing you must note is that the amount of water you need daily varies from person to person. Your water intake depends on your weight, how active you are, climate and of course your diet. If you are consuming more dehydrating foods such as fries, meat, dairy, coffee, potato chips, sugar etc. you are going to need more water.

How does water function in your body?  Well, check this out:

  • Improves oxygen delivery to the cells
  • Transports nutrients
  • Helps the cells to stay hydrated
  • Moistens oxygen for easier breathing
  • Cushions bones and joints
  • Absorbs shocks to joints and organs
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Removes wastes and flushes toxins
  • Prevents tissues from sticking
  • Lubricates joints
  • Improves cell to cell communication
  • Maintain normal electrical properties of cells
  • Improves the bodies natural healing process

You may view dehydration as an inconvenience and I often hear people say they don’t like the taste of water. But the truth is if left untreated, being dehydrated can be life-threatening. Every year millions of people die because of dehydration and every summer many people fall ill to dehydration because of heat stroke. Children are more affected than adults, it’s important to keep your kiddies well water at all times especially in the summer heat, and juice and pop don’t count! Dehydration kills more children worldwide than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined.

We lose water daily through our skin (sweat), lungs (breathing), pee and our poop.  Without enough water, we basically dry ourselves out. Think of the earth when it hasn’t rained in weeks. You start to see cracks in the soil. That’s what happens to our bodies. We begin to see cracks. Dehydration is linked to a long list of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, back pain, cataracts, chronic fatigue, depression, heartburn, colitis, kidney stones, migraines, constipation and asthma to name a few.

What are some of the signs and symptoms of dehydration?

Early or mild dehydration includes (partial list):

  • Thirst
  • Headache
  • Back Pain
  • Cramping in arms and legs
  • Little or no urine, dark yellow
  • Dry mouth and tongue
  • Cracking of the lining of the nose causing the nose to bleed

Moderate to sever dehydration includes (partial list):

  • Extreme thirst
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Rapid, deep breathing
  • Bloated stomach
  • Severe muscle contractions in arms, legs, stomach and back
  • Lack of elasticity of the skin

Severe dehydration includes:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Cool moist extremities
  • Rapid feeble pulse
  • Extremities display bluish tint (caused by lack of circulation)
  • Major organ, including heart, lungs, and brain begin to fail

It’s best to consume your water throughout the day, starting your day with 1 litre upon wakening up and if you add lemon it is a great gentle detox for the liver. If you can aim for at least 2-3 litres of water a day, you are way ahead of the pack. Your body will thank you, you’ll have more energy, less pain, better digestion and overall better health!