Health

8 Health Risks Of Not Drinking Enough Water

Water is essential for everyday life and hardly can anyone survive for long without it. We need water to cook, wash, drink, build houses, water plants, and other such, but more importantly, an adequate amount of water should be taken into the body every day. The body needs water for stability and once water levels are insufficient, it leads to dehydration and causes serious health risks.

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Inadequate intake of water has a great effect on the activities that go on in the body. We’ll be sharing with you below, some common health risks that come with not drinking enough water:

1. Breathing

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A very sensitive function of water is that it helps in the transport of oxygen all over the body and in turn, collects carbon dioxide. The amount of water in the body, determines how much oxygen will be pumped into the whole body and how effecient this process will be.

2. Constipation

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Water allows for quick and smooth digestion of food in the body. Insufficient amounts of water will therefore limit digestion rate and as a result, lead to constipation. Constipation causes the bowel to get filled without excretion, which makes stooling painful and difficult.

3. Dryness

 

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The function of water in the human body isn’t just limited to the organs only. It also has a role to play in moisturizing the skin, mouth, and eyes, to avoid dryness in any form.

4. Headaches and migraines

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As odd as this may seem, one of the leading causes of headaches and migraines is dehydration. Once water levels are insufficient in the body, it leads to dehydration and could cause severe headaches and migraines. However, studies have shown that by drinking a lot of water, headaches and, migraines can be suppressed.

5. Fatigue

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The absence of enough water in the body can affect the memory and eventually lead to extreme tiredness. Taking a lot of water would reduce the risk of fatigue and make you feel stronger.

6. Dissolves kidney stones

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The kidney functions in removing toxic substances as wastes from the organs. When these wastes are not flushed out effectively, they eventually get stored in the kidney, and form what are known as kidney stones. The essence of water here is to help in flushing out this unwanted waste and if there is insufficient water for this effect, some particles might still be left, which could lead to kidney damage.

7. Water retention

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Due to the urgent need for water in the body, lack of sufficient water would cause it to hold in as much water as it can. As a result of this, there will be little or no water going out of the body. Risks attached to this are: weight gain, fatigue, and more.

8. Metabolism

metabolismMetabolism is the chemical process by which the body breaks down energy from food and supplies it to various organs and tissues for effective functioning. This process requires water for it to be carried out efficiently and effectively. Once the body lacks the amount of water it needs, metabolism becomes slow and could lead to other complications.

Conclusion

Quite a number of people wrongly think that one could substitute some other liquid (usually soda), for water. This is incorrect and could actually be harmful for health. Water has its unique functional abilities which can’t be fulfilled by other drinks.

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