Around 25 percent of kids and teenagers are lacking water during the day. Most of them get their water through sugary beverages, fruit juices, and similar options. According to a recent study, this just doesn’t cut it. Kids need at least 2-3 liters of water daily, meaning that they need to drink a lot more water. Of course, unless they consume exceptionally high amounts of fruits and veggies, which most kids don’t.
The problem becomes even more widespread, given the findings of a recent study showing that half of the American adults are lacking water! Specifically, around 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
10 Things That Happen When Your Body Is Lacking Water
- Your skin, mouth, and eyes feel dry
Being chronically dehydrated means that you will not remove as many toxins when you exercise through sweating, which can lead to clogged pores. Also, you may have dry and cracked skin.
Reduced production of tears is also a common sign of dehydration. But, this could also indicate a different eye problem, so consult your doctor if you experience this problem.
- You don’t pee regularly, and when you do, your urine is brown or dark yellow
If you don’t pee often and notice that when you do, your urine is dark, you need to drink more water. Water helps flush out toxins and keep the renal system functioning properly. If you don’t drink sufficient amounts of water, all the toxins will build up in the body. If the color of your urine is brown or dark yellow, you need to drink a lot more water during the day as this means that the body is holding onto water in order to perform its functions.
- You have frequent back and joint pain
The body`s cartilage contains around 80 percent water, so replenishing fluids after sweating will keep the joints healthy and well-lubricated. Water protects bones and joints during unexpected events and strenuous activities. Back pain might mean that the kidneys are not working correctly; chronic dehydration can lead to permanent kidney damage, some studies show. If your body is lacking water, you might have frequent back and joint pain.
- You experience frequent fatigue and mood swings
Water carries oxygen in the body, meaning that the more you drink, the more rejuvenated you will feel. But, if you are lacking water, your blood has to work to obtain oxygen, leaving you fatigued and depleted. As the body lacks oxygen, all systems will slow down in order to compensate.
Consequently, you will feel more exhausted and moodier, which will make it difficult for you to carry out daily tasks.
- You feel hungry, even after you eat
Growling in the stomach is typically associated with hunger, but the truth is that it is thirst in most cases. Both hunger and thirst cues originate in the same brain part, so if you are lacking water, the brain may trick you into thinking you are hungry. The next time you feel hungry, try drinking water first. If the pain persists, then you can put some food in your belly.
- You suffer from high blood pressure
When you are lacking water, the blood becomes thicker, leading to slower blood flow and an accumulation of sodium in the blood. The combination of dehydration and high-sodium diet can lead to hypertension, which can cause some of the other health issues mentioned in the article.
- Your cholesterol levels increase
When the body is lacking water, it holds on the water it can find in order to stay alive. In one study, 15 people were asked to fast in 2 different conditions: once without replacing fluids, and another with supplementation of salt and water.
It was found that when they faster without any fluid replacement, they had higher total serum cholesterol levels compared to when they supplemented with salt and water.
- You get rashes often
Water helps the skin remain moist, so lack of water makes it appear red,
- You get headaches and brain fog often
In the case of dehydration, the brain tissue loses water and cause the brain to basically pull away from the skull. This sends alerts to the pain receptors in the brain, causing headaches and migraines. When the body is lacking water, there is less oxygen in the brain, leading to dilation of blood vessels and inflammation.
- You have digestion problems
As discussed earlier, when the body is lacking water, the large intestines holds onto excess water to survive. As the waste will move slower, you may suffer from digestive issues.