Basically stated – dehydration occurs when more fluid leaves the body than enters it. The human body is around 75% water so it’s essential we replace the fluids we lose.
Most of us know that when we are dehydrated we get tired, headaches happened and constipation can occur.
But did you know that dehydration can affect our BRAIN?
When dehydration occurs, our blood flow slows meaning less oxygen is flowing through our body and brain. This then tells the hypothalamus to release an antidiuretic hormone and that hormone dictates how much water the kidneys store. Too much of this hormone can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting as well as coma and convulsions in severe cases.
As dehydration continues, cognitive function is impaired. It reduces your body’s ability to produce melatonin which then inhibits your ability to sleep. Sleep deprivation is linked to depression, mood swings, weight fluctuations and brain fog.
Drinking enough water every day improves blood flow and oxygen, increases concentration, reduces headaches, regulates moods, flushes toxins, improves your skin and helps in weight management. Every body needs at least 1.5 litres of filtered water every day – and if you have caffeine or are sweating more than usual due to heat, you’ll need up to a litre more to compensate.
Although it’s true that only about 10% of the water you consume will end up benefiting your skin – it’s enough to stop your skin from drying out and aging poorly if you’re drinking at least 1.5L a day. Advanced skin treatments like skin needling and peels also heal faster if there’s enough water in the skin….so what are you waiting for? Get Hydrated!!