Chronic dehydration. How much water do we need to drink?

Chronic Dehydration

Are you chronically dehydrated?

For many of us, when we hear the term dehydration, we immediately think of someone exhausted in the desert, or an athlete who just finished a grueling marathon. To some extent this thinking is correct, however, these are just examples of a type of dehydration, acute dehydration.

You may be surprised to learn that there is a much more widespread dehydration, "chronic dehydration" and by this type of dehydration if we should all be worried.

Symptoms of chronic dehydration

Once again, many people believe that only when you feel thirsty is when you should drink. Not so. You may be surprised to learn that dry mouth is a sign of acute dehydration. This means that we have already passed the reasonable limit of dehydration and we have become chronically dehydrated.

The body is an intelligent system, so that before reaching the point of having a dry mouth, the body will show signs of beginning the process of redistribution of available water. When the body is in a state of chronic dehydration following symptoms appear:

  • fatigue
  • energy loss
  • constipation
  • digestive disorders
  • high and low blood pressure
  • stomach ulcers
  • respiratory problems
  • imbalance acid / base
  • Overweight and obesity
  • eczema
  • cholesterol
  • urinary tract infections
  • rheumatism
  • premature aging

We've written a lot about WikBio previous health problems, but in all cases an underlying cause is chronic dehydration. Having to go to the bathroom any more than usual once a day is a small price to pay to be healthy.

The human body is composed of 70% water, the brain is composed of 80% water, blood is composed of 90% water. So realistically depend on water as the basis of our existence. And we say water, not soda or juice, or coffee, or tea and beer. We need to ingest water in its purest form, free of chemicals so that our cells can remain hydrated and our body systems work properly.

How much water is needed?

One way to calculate the daily water consumption is to make an equivalence like this: if you weigh 75 kg and works in an office, you need to drink about 2 liters of water during the day. If you are working hard outdoors in hot weather, then more is needed. Going to the bathroom should be habitual, and the urine should be clear, this is how you know you are properly hydrated. Remember too, that every night sweats during sleep, so drink regularly every day of every month of every year should be normal.

We know that a loss of 1% of total body weight in water will result in a 10% loss in physical ability. If you do not drink regularly and replace about 3 liters of water you lose in a day, gradually lose our physical capacity. If you are working at a higher temperature requires more water to stay hydrated. For your physical and mental, certainly worth keeping in mind both the quality and quantity of water you drink.

Are you hungry or thirsty?

If we need water, or liquid diet can eat with a good water content (watermelon, cantaloupe, etc). Our bodies are content to anyone, but food should not be a substitute for water. In many cases, we confuse hunger with thirst, and instead of drink, eat. If we do this regularly the result is that the necessary water for the account we eat more and gain weight as a result. The result is stored fat. And on the other hand, the more you eat more water you need to digest and eliminate waste from the body.

Our bodies are made of water and without it, we are lucky to survive 3 days. Despite this, many of us live with medical problems such as constipation simply because we do not drink enough water. So, drink more water. Hydrate your cells. They are happy and you will also feel happy and healthy.

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