Water – it’s a life essential. As well as making up 71%* of the Earth’s surface and oceans alone holding approximately 96.5% of all the Earth’s water, our bodies also are made up of around 55-60% water too. With the brain and heart containing around 73% water, the muscles and kidneys 79% and the lungs even more at 83%, it is clear to see why by not ensuring our fluid levels are kept ‘topped-up’, we are heading for potential health issues.
So just what are the problems that can exist if we don’t keep our bodies adequately hydrated?
Dizziness can be a distressing symptom that can lead to further issues from being at risk of falls, as well as many of us worrying that dizzy spells have more serious connotations. Light-headedness can occur when exposed to heat and is often one of the more obvious indicators that you need to drink as soon as is possible. If dizziness does not go away when you stand up, that is often a sign that the body is struggling to cope with a lack of water and it’s time to act. Dehydration is something that can deteriorate rapidly so feeling dizzy is not a symptom that should be ignored.
Inability to pass normal amounts of urine along with darker coloured urine can be a sign that the body is not taking in enough water. Dark urine occurs when there is less water present when we go to the toilet, but this should go back to normal as soon as the body’s fluid levels are restored.
Most us will suffer from headaches from time to time and often we dismiss these as just something that we all put up with – take a couple of tablets and everything goes back to normal. A headache resulting from dehydration will be quite draining and feel like a cause for concern so it is likely that you may indeed realise that your body is crying out for fluid. Of course, any headache that struggles to dissipate needs the advice of a medical professional.
Other symptoms that can occur from dehydration are confusion, dry skin, tiredness and constipation and the longer you fail to rectify the issue, the more severe the symptoms will become. Nowadays drinks such as coconut water are known to be healthy and tasty alternatives to rehydrate, meaning that if water isn’t your drink of choice, there are other ways of restoring your body’s fluid levels to optimum.
*Figures from https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html