If you are not sure what a lack of drinking water can do to your body, just take a walk outside and look at the garden in hot weather – look how lifeless the trees, plants, flowers, lawns and your veggie patch looks. That is exactly how the inside of your body looks when it is dehydrated – limp and lifeless.
The human body is no different to any other living thing on the planet; we all need water in order to survive! Every cell in the human body needs water to function and to grow, which is why water makes up around 70% of the human body. If we do not drink water regularly, we will soon look like those plants; listless, shrivelled up and slowly dying.
Drinking water regularly throughout the day is vital to our very existence; without it we will become dehydrated. Dehydration will affect our cells, brain, muscles, and organs negatively.
We must drink water regularly in order for our bodies to:
- Keep our blood viscosity balanced so that the heart can easily pump blood containing oxygen and nutrients throughout the body;
- Keep our brains working optimally;
- Keep our skin plump and elastic;
- Lubricate and cushion our joints;
- Moderate our body’s core temperature;
- Protect our spinal cord and sensitive tissues; and
- Rid our bodies of waste via sweating, urination, and bowel movements
In order to ensure that you are meeting your daily fluid needs, you need to know how much water you are drinking every day and not just wait until you feel thirsty before you drink water.
If you do not drink water regularly, some parts of your body will draw water from other parts to ensure that your vital organs get sufficient water. This can lead to headaches, fatigue, muscular pains and cramping, a heart attack, a stroke, or even make you go into a coma. If the body is not rehydrated you will eventually die.