The benefits of drinking water

Safe, drinkable water is now more accessible than ever before. In the developed world we are fortunate to have unlimited amounts flowing right into our homes, stores, restaurants, gyms, schools, offices, and even public parks.

Yet despite this accessibility, an estimated 75% of the UK are chronically dehydrated. The drinking habits of 30,000 people were studied as part of the research. It found that less than 1% of people drink eight glasses of pure water each day. –

The study also found that Britons drink 12.4 billion glasses of tap water at home every year, compared to 29.4 billion cups of tea and 13.1 billion cups of coffee. Squash, juice and carbonated drinks also count for 16.4 billion glasses.

These drinks are diuretic and cause you to be dehydrated. They also increase the acid content which will not be helpful towards cancer.

For many of us, we aren’t even aware of how much water we should be drinking; since the symptoms of dehydration come on so gradually, it’s hard to notice them.

That is why chronic dehydration is particularly dangerous. If we are mildly dehydrated for a long time, we might not even remember what it’s like to be fully hydrated – and all that we’re missing.

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 EFFECTS OF DEHYDRATION

Affects thinking and focus

Medical research has found that dehydration is linked to a number of common health problems, that affect your ability to function properly at work and throughout the day. This means that dehydration not only affects your health but your finances and your family life.

Since the brain is over 90% water, a mere 1% loss of body fluids – which your body can experience substantially more than before you even start to feel thirsty – can cause a decline of 5% in cognitive function. Focus is also impaired substantially by dehydration; 5% of dehydration can cause your blood to thicken so much that it literally cannot reach certain areas of the brain.

Affects athletic performance

Muscles are composed of approximately 70% water; water participates in most metabolic reactions and flushes out toxins, such as lactic acid, from the muscles. Dehydration causes fatigue, reduced metabolism, increased heart rate, and slower recovery after exercise.

Affects how you feel

Irritability, fatigue, dizziness, light-headedness, headaches are all symptoms of dehydration. Being dehydrated also weakens your immune system, making you more vulnerable to pain-causing diseases. As your joints rely on water as a lubricant, dehydration makes you vulnerable to joint pains and inflammation.

Affects appearance

Dehydration prevents the secretion of toxins through the skin. It can thus cause skin wrinkling, discolouration, and dryness. It can also speed up aging and increase your risk of acne and dandruff.

Affects vulnerability to chronic health conditions

The list of chronic health disorders linked to dehydration is long; constipation, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, asthma, obesity, high cholesterol, skin problems like dermatitis and psoriasis, bladder and kidney diseases, and acidosis (highly conducive to cancer growth).