Health, Disease & Medicine

What If You Stopped Drinking Water?

To function our body properly, all the cells and the organs need enough water.

We need water to survive. Water is the most abundant substance in our body,” “It makes up about 10 to 12 gallons and anywhere from 60% to 65 % of your body weight and your blood contains 90% of water.

Water does the major functions of our body, it carries nutrients and hormones through the body, regulates body temperature, cushions our joints, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues and even lubricates our eyes, and much more. It is essential for the kidneys to function.

And the human body loses around 1.5 liters of urine every day and other through sweating, pooping and even breathing (depending on your workout and lifestyle). So, it’s important to make up for that loss by drinking liquids regularly. In the end, staying hydrated can maintain brain function, keep your bowel movements regular and healthy.

But what would happen if you stop drinking water? If you are not fulfilling the water requirements of your body, you might experience some pretty unfortunate issues that, unlike many of life’s problems.

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  • Water can actually cause water retention and temporary weight gain. “When you’re not drinking enough [water], your body holds every drop to prevent severe dehydration.
  • Even slight dehydration can significantly drain your energy levels.  and you might feel sleepiness.
  • Made of 80 percent water, your brain’s abilities and functions seriously depend on it. Even slight dehydration impairs its abilities, making any eureka a challenge, they didn’t show a reduction in mental abilities, they tended to perceive the exercises as more difficult, and they reported having more difficulty staying focused.
  • Dehydrated affected their moods and caused fatigue and headaches.
  • Water helps to plump up your skin, when you don’t drink enough water, the collagen begins to crack and bind together, causing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Your body cannot efficiently convert carbs into energy without ample water. You can’t deliver essential amino acids to muscle tissue without adequate water.
  • Your kidneys have to work overtime to filter out the blood and severe dehydration can also lead to failure or worse.
  • When you’re dehydrated, your heart has to work harder to maintain blood flow when you stand up, if you’re sufficiently dehydrated and your heart is not up to this task, the insufficient blood flow to your brain can result in fainting.
  • When you don’t drink enough water, your urine color will turn into a darker yellow. If you’re severely dehydrated, you might not even pee at all.
  • The body tries to create a homeostasis or keeping fluid balance in check. When there is a decreased amount of fluid intake, the body stores the water to hydrate vital organs first and you might experience decreasing in tear production and even you can’t pee.
  • Blood is more than 90 percent water. A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker, increasing blood pressure.
  • When dehydrated, airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
  • The bowel needs water to work properly. Dehydration can lead to digestive problems, constipation, and an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.
  • Cartilage, found in joints and the disks of the spine, contains around 80 percent water. Long-term dehydration can reduce the joints’ shock-absorbing ability, leading to joint pain.
  • Dehydration can affect brain structure and function. Prolonged dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning.

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In this video, Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit of ASAP Science explains —What if you stop drinking water?

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