How To Detect Dehydration and Its Impact on the Body

    Published: March 21, 2017

    How to Detect Dehydration and Its Impact on the Body

    Depending on your age and weight, the amount of water in your body could be anywhere from 50 to 75%. That means you’re mostly made out of water! Water, or your ability to stay hydrated, is the single most important factor in maintaining good health. Sadly, most Americans are chronically dehydrated and aren’t able to recognize the symptoms when they badly need a glass of water.

    If any of these symptoms sound familiar you may be chronically dehydrated and simply not drinking enough filtered water every day. If any of these symptoms develops rapidly, your water levels may be dipping dangerously low. Be on the lookout for these telltale signs of dehydration:

    • Headaches or lightheadedness – a decrease in water around your brain can trigger migraines or tension headaches. Reach for a glass of water when your brain starts to hurt.
    • Poor concentration – the human brain in particular needs a lot of water. After all, 90% of the organ’s mass is water. If you start feeling moody, forgetful, or simply experience difficulty communicating or thinking, you could be dehydrated.
    • Dry mouth or bad breath – dry mouth may seem like an obvious symptom, but a decrease in the production of saliva when your body is dehydrated will also result in significantly bad breath.
    • Constipation or indigestion – gastrointestinal issues, especially constipation, result from a lack of fluid in your intestines. If your bowel movements are becoming irregular you should increase your intake of water.
    • Change in color of urine or decrease in urination frequency – if you’re adequately hydrated you should be using the restroom five to seven times per day. A darker, yellower hue also indicates you’re lacking water.
    • Fatigue – if you’re feeling especially lethargic, you should consider a quick glass of water. Dehydration causes blood pressure to drop, making you feel fatigued and sleepy.

    Chronic dehydration takes its toll on your body. Many conditions can worsen due to not drinking enough water every day.

    • Dehydration can cause high cholesterol. When you’re dehydrated, your body will naturally produce more cholesterol so your blood cells don’t lose water.
    • Bladder and kidney infections are more likely to occur when you’re dehydrated. The lack of water creates an environment in which acid waste and toxins can accumulate quickly. This means your organs that eliminate toxins, mainly your kidneys and your bladder, are more prone to irritation and infection.
    • Joint pain can result from dehydration. The cartilage padding in your joints is comprised almost completely of water. When you’re chronically dehydrated joint repair takes longer and you can experience more pain.
    • Chronic dehydration is tied to chronic constipation. As we mentioned earlier, your body requires water to efficiently lubricate the linings of your intestines and facilitate the proper breakdown of food. Waste will move much more slowly without enough water, and constipation can occur frequently.
    • Dehydration can worsen allergy and asthma symptoms. In order to conserve water usage your body will restrict air passages when you’re dehydrated. As you lose more water the rate at which your body produces histamine increases dramatically.
    • If you’re chronically dehydrated you can develop skin problems. In addition to the obvious symptom of dry skin, not drinking enough water can impair your skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Psoriasis, dermatitis, and discoloration can develop.

    While these health concerns are serious, the prescription is straightforward – just drink more filtered water! With a whole house filter your family can drink purer, fresher water from every tap in your home. For those looking to receive filtered water from their kitchen sink, an NSF-certified countertop drinking filter is an eco-friendly option for the whole family.