Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated but what happens when we get dehydrated?

What happens when we get dehydrated

Dehydration is a massive problem in society – far bigger than many might imagine – with research suggesting that one in five people in the UK don’t know how much water to drink.

When it comes to health and nutrition, good hydration is key and, for those on the Nutritious Lolly 6-Week Whole-Body Plan, you’ll know how much I encourage you to drink enough water.

You might feel like you’re peeing like a racehorse in the beginning but this will settle down!

The importance of good hydration becomes even more crucial when you add in physical activity. The more intense your activity, the more fluids you will lose and the more you need to drink to replace them.

Of course, none of this is rocket science. But I’ll say it again, please ensure you’re drinking enough water and this is around two to three litres a day on average, but should be more if you’re doing intense physical activity.

If you are somebody who does any form of cardio exercise at high intensity for 60 minutes or more at a time then you should have an electrolyte drink.

What happens when we get dehydrated?

So, what happens when we get dehydrated? Well, the first sign of dehydration is normally feeling thirsty. We all get this from time to time and we don’t think too much about it. We just have a drink and forget about it.

But really, we shouldn’t let it get to that stage. Our body is telling us that it’s already becoming dehydrated. If we’re really looking after our hydration, we should never really feel thirsty.

Other more severe symptoms of dehydration include feeling dizzy or light headed, feeling faint, tired and even headaches.

You might also notice that your pee is darker or more strong smelling than usual. If you notice that you’re peeing less than usual, that’s another signal that you’re dehydrated.

Most of us will have experienced these symptoms before; we’re all guilty of letting ourselves get dehydrated from time to time. But, if we’re letting this happen regularly then there’s a serious risk of causing long term damage to our bodies.

Why do we need to stay hydrated?

At face value, we all know that we NEED water to survive. But what many don’t know is that our bodies require good hydration for everything from maintaining temperature and blood pressure, lubricating joints, aiding digestion, maintaining organ performance (including our brain!)… and the list goes on and on and on.

In short, if we’re not properly hydrated our bodies cannot perform these functions the way they were intended to and the result is we end up feeling unwell from it.

Have I made this clear enough yet? Please, please ensure you are drinking enough water every day!

What good nutrition can do for you

You’ve probably read lots of ‘weight loss secrets’ online. Well, here’s one that shouldn’t be a secret but I sometimes feel like it is, good hydration can help you to maintain a healthy weight!

As well as that, good hydration can improve sleep, our skin and even improve joint and cartilage repair.

Good habits, just like bad habits, are developed over time so start your good habit of drinking more water today and give your body what it needs to perform the way it should.

Drinking the right amount of water every day is vital to maintain a healthy body, both inside and out – but how much is enough?

Well, we do need to be sipping away during the day as the latest thinking from medical research group the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org) suggests women should be drinking 2.2 litres of water per day and men 3 litres.

But if you’re taking a lot of exercise then the recommended amount rises to between 3 to 5 litres.

The current thinking for children is that 5 to 8-year-olds should drink I litre of water a day with older ones around 1.5 litres.

Water is best but sugar-free drinks like milk, herbal tea, tea and coffee (in moderation) count too.

Oh! and in case you’re wondering, alcohol does not count towards your daily liquid intake.

Drinking the right amount of water means your body is hydrated and your skin will be moist and elastic – which makes for a younger looking you.

Other benefits include healthy, regular bowel movements and H2O also flushes waste products from your kidneys and liver.

And did you know – drinking water can actually help you lose weight.

An obesity study in 2010 discovered that a group of people who drank two glasses of water before each meal lost about 4 lbs over 12 weeks.

The thinking behind the results are two-fold.

Firstly water fills you up, so you eat less.

Secondly, water can slightly increase your metabolic rate because it burns extra calories warming water up to the right temperate for your body to cope with.

So what’s not to like? Get sipping.