The Symptoms of Dehydration are related to the attitude of drinking water, or better said: the attitude of not drinking water.

What is dehydration?

It’s simply the water shortage in our body. But it’s not only water – along with the water we also lose salt – Yes, SALT! What does that mean? It means that along with water, we use the electrolytes that keep our body cells alive… read more in the “Importance of Drinking Water” page.

As Dr. F. Batmanghelidj,  explains, we often understand the thirst sensation as a “dry mouth” and we might think if we’re not thirsty.
According to him “dry mouth” is not an accurate indicator of the body’s water needs. The human body has many different ways of showing its general or local shortage of water.
– From his perspective, most of our diseases are simply signs and  furthermore consequences of thirst.

Symptoms of Dehydration – 3 Major stages you can avoid

1. Mild dehydration symptoms

We can easily correct the mild dehydration signs by increasing the water intake. Here are 10 signs that you should definitely be drinking more water!

Dry, itchy skin

Dry itchy skin is a symptom of dehydration - see the importance of water for skinOne of the first symptoms of dehydration is the degradation of the skin, our larger and the most exposed organ in the body.

Skin or urine odor

If your urine is dark or has a strong smell, that is an early sign of dehydration.
If you notice an unpleasant odor on your skin, even after a bath or shower, that too is a sign of dehydration. These symptoms are simply results of an accumulation of toxins in the body.

Anxiety, Irritability, Depression

Symptoms of Dehydration

Your body is lost without water. When it comes to functioning properly, water is more important to your body than anything else. As a result, when you are lacking in this vital compound, your brain translates it to you through feelings of frustration. You will not feel well, but you won’t know the reason for it.

Fatigue

Water is our main source of clean energy. There are many causes and related remedies for this temporary symptom, but the failure of drinking enough water is certainly one to check on first. When you are dehydrated, you can feel lethargic, week, you can lack energy, and so on… Before taking any medication or going to the doctor, it’s a good idea to just remember drinking some water.

Headache

Your brain needs water and a headache is a sign that you need to supply this vital fluid. This is especially important in infants. Read about symptoms of child dehydration

Sleep disorders

As the brain does not have enough water, our nervous system becomes alert and we cannot relax and sleep well.

Woman in bed having abdominal cramps

Heartburn

When you don’t drink enough water, you cannot digest food properly. This causes acidity in the stomach.

Cravings

When you don’t realize your body needs water, you may be tempted to replace it with alternatives. This can include drinking other beverages, eating, and even smoking.

Cramps

A lack of water in the body causes acidity to accumulate in the muscles, which often lead to cramps.

Morning sickness during pregnancy

Mothers-to-be should be aware that the fetus requires an increasing water demand. When there is a shortage of water, it is signaled by the regulatory action of histamine. Pregnant women have to adjust their intake of water to adapt to the new situation.

2. Severe symptoms of dehydration

Back pain

More advanced to severe dehydration, may need specialized doctor’s intervention. Some of these are:

3. Chronic symptoms of dehydration

Electrocardiogram

Chronic dehydration can have serious consequences on the overall health and they can even produce death. “Dehydration comes on fast and can be fatal” tells the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The water shortage produces acid buildup inside cells, which can cause serious, ongoing damage in our bodies, like:

  • Anginal pain
  • Coronary thrombosis
  • Heart failure
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancers

Dry plantLet’s look at what happens in a case of severe dehydration. The material of all living organisms is called protoplasm. Upon dehydration, protoplasm dries out. The result: the end of life.

Everybody is familiar with what happens with a plant that has not been watered. Simplistically speaking, for humans, the same principle applies. In fact, dehydration is at the base of premature aging. When we don’t drink enough water (for a long period of time), the basic metabolic physical and chemical activities diminish, and we don’t get the vital elements our bodies need.

I can say that dehydration is almost like a vampire sucking the vital fluid out of our body… Is this not scary? Huh! That being said, doesn’t the importance of drinking water seem obvious?

Of course, the benefits of drinking water go far beyond physical appearance. All vital processes, including brain function, blood circulation, digestion, the elimination of wastes and locomotion require water to function properly. Read more about this in the “Health benefits of drinking water” page.

Causes of dehydration

Sodas display at the grocery store

Nevertheless the primary cause of dehydration is failure to drink enough water. But, there are other things that cause this condition.

  • One example is replacing water with other liquids, such as like sodas or alcohol
  • Intensive exercise or endurance sports can also cause dehydration.
    This is partially due to to sweating, and partially due to the internal use of water, to provide the necessary energy to the body.
  • There are also some medical conditions that cause water loss.
    Examples are colds, flu, high fever or diarrhea. In these cases you should always drink more water.

Now, you know what happens when you don’t drink enough water, but do you know how much water to drink a day?

Also check out some tips on how to stay hydrated.

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