Is Dehydration Aging You and Making You Sick?
When you are dehydrated it is stressful to your entire body and it breaks the body down. If you don’t drink enough water everyday, dehydration is killing you slowly.
Just think — how many glasses of water did you drink yesterday? For some the answer is none. Yes, some people don’t drink any plain water. How many soft drinks did you have? For some the answer is several. How about coffee, tea or juice? None of these beverages are the best defense against dehydration. No other beverage is a good substitute for plain water, because nothing defeats dehydration like drinking water.
Do you think you already drink enough water? You may drink some water, but most of us don’t drink enough water daily, and we don’t realize how detrimental dehydration can be to the body.
What Does Dehydrated Skin Look Like?
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Look at the picture above of a young woman with extremely dehydrated lips and flaking skin posted by beyouthful.net. This is a good example of the adverse effects of dehydration. Dehydration cannot be treated on the skins surface with topical creams or lotions alone. Topical treatments only address the results, not the cause. Dull, flaky skin, fine lines, inflamed skin — these are signs of dehydration and as the saying goes — she is literally “dying of thirst.”
According to Chemistry.about.com, “The human body is approximately 50-75% water.” Medical Daily says, “The human body is 75 percent water with blood 92 percent water, bones 22 percent water, and muscles 75 percent water, it’s no surprise our immune system depends on our water intake.”
According to the Mayo Clinic some of the beginning signs and symptoms of dehydration are extreme thirst, fatigue, decreased urination, dark colored urine, including dizziness and confusion.
Adverse Effects of Dehydration
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Here’s another example of the adverse effects of dehydration posted by Dr. Diana Hopppe. Look at the incredible proof that drinking water is vital to your health and well being. In just a matter of weeks — drinking 8 glasses of water daily actually reversed this woman’s deeply wrinkling skin and her signs of premature aging. It’s incredible to see what a dramatic difference 8 glasses of water a day can make in your look, your health and your life.
According to Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj — Masaru Emoto of The Healing Power of Water said, “It is chronic water shortage in the body that causes most diseases of the human body.”
Illnesses Associated With Dehydration
High blood pressure
Bladder and kidney
Joint pain and stiffness
Asthma and allergies
Sara Smith — 4 Week Water Experiment
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Here’s another example of how dehydration can age you and make you sick. This is Sara Smith. She did a four-week experiment drinking more water to see if there would be any difference in how she looked and felt. She was suffering from headaches and poor digestion.
Sara increased her water intake to 3 liters a day for a month, which is the equivalent of 12 to 13 cups of water per day. One cup is 8 fluid ounces.
Just look at the incredible difference drinking more water made in Sara’s appearance. Her premature signs of aging — blotchy and red complexion, and the wrinkles and bags under eyes all vanished. She was told she looks ten years younger and her health improved too.
The Eyes Really Tell the Story
For some, the under-eye becomes dark and may appear sunken or the under-eye becomes puffy with bags and wrinkles.
We tend to think that bags under the eyes mean you need to get some rest or just a natural sign of aging. But what actually is happening is the body is extremely dehydrated and trying to hold onto whatever water is present in the body.
WebMD states in an article titled, ‘Solutions for bags under eyes, dark circles and puffy eyes,’ “Drink. Staying well-hydrated can help prevent puffy eyes. Drinking plenty of healthy liquids, especially water, helps keep overall skin tone firm and full looking.”
You can try products that promise to erase under-eye bags or puffiness, but if you don’t increase your water intake the bags will return.
Now there are lots of health issues that can affect the eyes, and it’s important to see your doctor, but hydrating your body is a good first step.
You Know the Recommended Water Intake
Health authorities recommend 8, eight-ounce glasses, which is about 2 liters or a half a gallon of water.
Don’t let the number 8 shut you down. It sounds like a lot and when you start drinking 8 glasses a day, it may feel like a lot at first. Once you get into the habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day, it won’t feel like a lot anymore. Your body begins to crave water and will help you make the daily water goal.
To Your Health!