Human body is about 60% water, every tissue, cell and organ contain water, so we need to be properly hydrated for every system on out body to function properly. Water is crucial for:
- Maintaining body temperature
- Balancing body fluids
- Controls intake of calories
- Make the skin healthy and beautiful
- Removes waste and toxins
- Lubricates the eyes and joints
- Protects tissues, joints, and spinal cord.
In order to keep proper water balance, we must drink lots of fluids and food rich in water.
Certain things can cause the body lose more water than usual like diarrhea, excessive sweating, increased physical activity, vomiting or diabetes.
Water deficiency causes an imbalance of electrolytes, which leads to dehydration and causes different conditions and problems.
Most of us are not aware when our body lacks water, so we need to learn to read the signs it gives us. These are the most common 10 signs when our body is warning us it needs water:
Dehydration reduces the amounts of fluids around the brain, which are there to protect the brain from movement or mild bumps. It causes headaches and migraine.
Dehydration will also reduce oxygen and blood flow to the brain, which also triggers headaches.
When you get a headache, don`t reach for a pill, try drinking a glass of water, it may go away if the reason was dehydration.
- Inability to concentrate:
The human brain is 90% water, so it should be the first organ to show symptoms. Some of them are an inability to concentrate or make a decision, poor memory or mood swings.
Brain fog is a typical symptom of water deficiency, along with forgetfulness, problems with communications, thinking and focusing.
According to a study from 2013, published in Clinical Autonomic Research, dehydration is the most frequent cause for brain fog, along with poor sleep, fatigue or long hours of standing.
Another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition from 2011, shows that people who were mildly dehydrated had difficulties making a decision and gave worse results in cognitive tasks.
A 2011 study concluded that lower concentration, headaches, and bad mood resulted from 1,36% dehydration in women.