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What Happens to Your Body if You Get Dehydrated?

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Did you know that the human body is mostly water? In fact, water is essential to human life. Staying hydrated is extremely important to your health and quality of life. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at what dehydration is, the effects and the health benefits of drinking water.

The Effects of Dehydration

Dehydration happens when more fluids exit the body than enter it. The human body cannot survive without water, which is why staying hydrated is so essential. In fact, water can be found within blood vessels and inside and between cells.

Water is lost throughout the day as you breathe, sweat and use the washroom. As you lose water, your body will naturally alert you through the sensation of thirst. Although there are many other ways to help ensure that you drink, including mobile apps, reminders and even alarms.

Pro tip: ensure your entire workplace drinks enough water each day by starting a daily or weekly water drinking challenge.

Mild symptoms of dehydration can include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Severe symptoms of dehydration can include:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever
  • Delirium

If you suspect that you may be dehydrated, it is recommended that you rest and drink slow sips of water. If your symptoms are severe, contact your health care provider right away.

The Health Benefits of Drinking Water

As mentioned above, drinking water is essential to your health and wellness. Not only is it essential to human life, but can also result in the following 14 health benefits:

  • Forms saliva and mucus
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Enhances the health of your digestive system
  • Flushes waste
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Maintains a healthy body weight
  • Helps maintain blood pressure
  • Boosts physical performance
  • Lubricates the joints
  • Delivers oxygen throughout the body
  • Boosts skin health
  • Makes minerals and nutrients accessible
  • Enhances kidney health and prevents damage
  • Cushions the brain, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues

While you may be wondering how much water you need to drink each day to ensure your best health, there is no magic number for everyone. You may have heard of the eight by eight rule, which states that you should drink eight ounces of water eight times a day. While this is a great goal, the recommended amount is actually a little more. It is recommended that men drink 15.5 cups, or 3.7 litres, of water a day, while women should be drinking 11.5 cups, or 2.7 litres per day.

Water Depot

Our experts at Water Depot are committed to ensuring that you have access to water that is clean, safe and tasting great. We have a wide selection of home water filtration solutions to meet your needs. Your local Water Depot store also offers a variety of water testing services, from looking for lead in your water to hard water and more, we can help to ensure that you have clean and safe drinking water in your home.

Some of the products we’re proud to offer include:

Contact your local Water Depot store to get started.

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