Human body has 70 percentage of water. It has no sugar, fat and calories. For maintaining a healthy body, water consumption is important. Doctors recommend that, one should drink 10 glasses of water every day for maintaining a healthy body.
Benefits of drinking water
Water helps to keep the body well hydrated, which is essential because almost every cell in the body needs water to function properly.
- Reduce Fatigue
- Enhances Mood
- Treats Headaches and Migraines
- Helps in Digestion and Constipation
- Helps in Weight Loss
- Flushes out Toxins
- Maximize Physical Performance
- Prevent Hangovers
- Treat Kidney Stones
- Improves Energy Levels and Brain Function
Dehydration means that amount of water in the body has dropped below the level needed for normal body function. With dehydration, more water is moving out of individual cells and then out of the body. It begins to lose the ability to function normally and then begins to produce symptoms related to the fluid loss.
Complications of dehydration
Complications of dehydration may occur because of the consequences of dehydration or situation that causes the fluid loss.
- Kidney failure-dehydration decreases blood flow to vital organs including the kidneys, it has the potential to fail to do its job.
- Coma-dehydration decreases blood supply to the brain; it may cause confusion and even coma.
- Shock-When the fluid loss overwhelms organs begin to malfunction, the body itself may fail and death can occur.
- Heat-related illnesses and associated complications-if fluid loss increases due to heat, the symptoms of heat exhaustion can occur which includes weakness, lightheadedness, nausea, and vomiting. If patient isn’t moved from the heat and rehydrated, the situation may progress to heat stroke.
- Electrolyte abnormalities-In dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities may occur. Important chemicals like sodium, potassium, and chloride are lost from the body through sweat. Symptoms caused by abnormal electrolyte levels include muscle weakness, heart rhythm disturbances.
How much water do you need?
Human body losses water through urine, bowel movements, breath and perspiration. For proper function of the body, we must replenish its water supply.
For that, men and women should consume 3.7 liters and 2.7 liters of water respectively.
The water, other beverages and food are the sources of fluid for the body. Daily fluid intake usually comes from food (20%) and from drinks.
Drinking Too Much Water Can Kill You – Overhydration
Over hydration is the condition that occurs from drinking too much water which in turn upsets electrolyte balances. It can lead to water intoxication and Hyponatremia. Water intoxication is the condition when salt and other electrolytes in the body become too diluted. Hyponatremia is a condition that sodium (salt) in the body become extremely low.