Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in. Vomiting, diarrhea, the use of drugs that increase urine excretion (diuretics), profuse sweating (for example, during heat waves, particularly with prolonged exertion), and decreased water intake can lead to dehydration.
But there is a chronic form of dehydration that does not have the sudden and intense symptoms of the acute form. Chronic dehydration is widespread in the present day and affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid.
At first, dehydration stimulates the thirst center of the brain, causing thirst, a powerful motivator for people to drink more fluids. If water intake does not keep up with water loss, dehydration can become more severe.
Here are 13 symptoms that tells you that you are not consuming enough H2O:
Fatigue, Energy Loss
Dehydration of the tissues causes enzymatic activity to slow down.
The body of a newborn child is composed of 80 percent liquid, but this percentage declines to no more than 70 percent in an adult and continues to decline with age.
Excess Weight and Obesity
We may overeat because we crave foods rich in water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
High and Low Blood Pressure
The body’s blood volume is not enough to completely fill the entire set of arteries, veins, and capillaries.
When dehydration causes too much liquid to be drained from inside the cells, the body tries to stop this loss by producing more cholesterol.
When chewed food enters the colon, it contains too much liquid to allow stools to form properly, and the wall of the colon reduces it. In chronic dehydration, the colon takes too much water to give to other parts of the body.
In chronic dehydration, the secretion of digestive juices is less.
Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers
To protect its mucous membranes from being destroyed by the acidic digestive fluid it produces, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus.
The mucous membranes of the respiratory region are slightly moist to protect the respiratory tract from substances that might be present in inhaled air.
Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification.
Your body needs enough moisture to sweat 20 to 24 ounces of water, the amount necessary to dilute toxins so they do not irritate the skin.
Cystitis, Urinary Infections
If toxins contained in urine are insufficiently diluted, they attack the urinary mucous membranes.