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You’re exposed to water
There are many ways that your body is affected by water. Even if you don’t drink any, you’re still exposed to it in foods like dried beans and vegetables, or through skin when you take a shower or swim.
Some of the effects of water exposure are helpful. For example, drinking some water can help make you feel refreshed and happier.
However, there are also risks associated with too much water. Too much water can put stress on your cardiovascular system and brain, including potential symptoms similar to what we call Alzheimer’s disease.
This article will cover how to determine how much water you should be eating per day, as well as which drinks you should start enjoying fluidly.
When you don’t drink enough water, your body doesn’t properly balance liquid circulating through your cells. Without an adequate amount of fluid, your organs cannot function normally.
Without normal functions, they can no longer provide nutrients or remove waste products as necessary. More often than not, symptoms related to organ failure are the first signs that you or someone you know is suffering from dehydration.
The brain is particularly sensitive to changes in plasma volume (the amount of blood plasma surrounding the inner layer of cells in the body). A reduction in plasma volume reduces cerebral perfusion, which prevents oxygen and glucose levels from reaching certain areas of the brain.
This lower level of activity causes you to feel fatigued and tired. If you stop drinking fluids, this feeling intensifies until it feels like you could sleep forever.
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You’re not properly hydrated
We often don’t realize we’re dehydrated until it’s too late, but there are some symptoms that will tell you “Hey, something is wrong here.”
If you feel tired and thirsty, you likely aren’t drinking enough water. Also, if you notice your urine feeling more like semen than clear, you may be also suffering from dehydration.
Also, if you were sweating significantly more than usual, you would have little to no tears in your eyes, which is another sign of being dehydrated.
We can usually control our levels of thirst by paying attention to how we feel. But if you haven’t been keeping track of how much water you’ve been drinking, do so now (it shouldn’t take long).
Next, try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. If you start experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor or a health care provider about changing your diet. You may want to limit yourself to only drinking bottled water because many canned foods include water as an ingredient.
However, even distilled water contains minerals that help restore balance to your body. Distilled water has numerous benefits including helping your body filter harmful chemicals and maintaining your thyroid function.
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You’re not drinking enough water
Unless you’ve been dehydrating yourself, your head is dripping with water. Imagine that each one of your cells (all of the layers of tissue in your body) contains a tiny spring-feeder system made of capillary vessels (small blood vessels). The way this works is by pulling fluid from the rest of the body through the capillaries and into each cell.
In order to survive, there has to be balance between the production and loss of fluids from every part of the body. When the rate of absorption of water exceeds the rate of leakage out of the cell, the inside of the cell fills up with water. This creates an osmotic pressure difference across the plasma membrane surrounding all eukaryotic cells; the space outside the cell actually dries out because the outer layer (the epidermis) can no longer produce sweat to remove the excess water from the body.
When we don’t have sufficient amounts of water, cellular function becomes imbalanced and it results in certain physiological changes. Cells lose some of their electrical charge and break down protein components which are responsible for maintaining skeletal structure, muscle control and organ function. Both excessive and insufficient water intake result in cellular dehydration and hypovolemia — meaning inadequate amount of blood volume.
Insufficient water consumption also contributes to increased intracellular salt concentrations, resulting in hypervolemic contraction paralysis. Excessive salt concentration makes heart contractile force weaker and causes heart failure
You’re drinking something other than water
We are constantly being told by society that we should be consuming fresh, pure water to keep ourselves healthy. Yet most of us still turn to our tap or well-water for consumption. But what about all those bottles you buy at the store, either from dispensers at work or in convenience stores?
Most bottled waters are filtered through carbon filters or reverse osmosis processes, which remove chemicals such as pesticides from the water. However, these processes can also filter out important minerals found in natural spring water.
Furthermore, since many of these processed products are packaged in plastic, they can eventually put stress on the environment by contributing to ocean pollution.
Another myth is that only non-drinkers drink soft drinks made with soda. Although this product has had its share of negative effects on people, it is actually quite popular among kids between the ages of 12 and 17.
Fortunately, there are several reasons why this habit is detrimental: first, although soft drinks have slight differences in flavor, they typically contain lots of sugar (and impurities), so neither body nor mind enjoy them.
Second, both drinkers and non-drinkers suffer from hangovers, but due to the high salt content of sodas, this uncomfortable side effect is worsened.
Finally, though correlation doesn’t prove causation, some studies have demonstrated a link between overconsumption of sugary beverages like Coca-Cola and weight gain.
You’re not eating water-rich foods
We often mistake thirst for hunger. When we are hungry, our body is looking for food. However, when we are thirsty, what we want is fluid.
We need sufficient amounts of certain types of fluids to function properly. Unfortunately, many people don’t like the taste of water or don’t think it is drinkable.
There are lots of nice-looking liquids out there; you should try some of them. The most common ones are juices with fruits and vegetables in them. (I put my homemade recipes here)
However, if you are drinking four or more glasses of liquid a day, you should be getting your drinks from a liquid maker (like an espresso machine). This keeps all the flavors separate so each flavor blends into the next.
Then add about ½ cup (99 calories) of fresh squeezed juice twice a week. That way you’ll increase your intake of vitamins and minerals while staying hydrated.
You’re not drinking enough air
The reason you don’t feel like you are breathing is because, quite frankly, you aren’t. Your breathability may be reduced due to various reasons, so your body has limited ways to let in more of this precious oxygen.
When you breathe, you expand your chest cavity and restrict extra volume in your abdominal cavity. Basically, there isn’t as much room for air to enter your lungs.
Your heart also pumps differently while you breathe. Instead of using helium to push the blood around through capillary action, its muscle relaxant properties stimulate your diaphragm to contract.
This prevents you from taking a deep breath which interferes with oxygen intake.
So how do you fix it? Simple. Breathe harder than you normally would. If you hold your breath, that’s when symptoms come on. So make sure to take a couple hard breaths every day until symptoms subside.
You have urine leakage
When you urinate, your body adjusts to that feeling of having something exit through your urethra (the opening into the bladder). Your brain knows there is blood exiting, but it cannot detect how much; therefore, it estimates that this amount is sufficient for filling the needs of the body.
When enough fluid has been drained from the bladder via leaky bladders, the mind thinks more fluid must be leaving through the urethra. The mind does not know that most of the fluid exits via the ureters and kidneys, so it seems like more is leaking out through the head.
This can easily be fixed by either going to the bathroom or wearing tight clothing. Wearing comfortable clothes with elastic waistbands is also helpful. Nowadays, people do not need to wear tightly-confined shorts in public schools.
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You have intestinal permeability
Your digestive system is like your body’s largest organ, and it affects almost everything you eat and drink. When food or liquid enters your mouth, your gut gives them all an inspection. If it doesn’t feel safe, it won’t go in! And if it feels dangerous, your body will reject it before you even swallow.
This protection mechanism is important, but when your intestines stop feeling tight and secure, anything that can get through brings pain and discomfort.
That includes not only foods but also certain medications, allergens, and toxins that make their way into your body.