Dehydration is a serious issue among many people with anywhere from two out of three people being unknowingly dehydrated. However there is surprisingly little awareness of the effects of dehydration, especially when considering its effects on the human body.
Our lifestyles are certainly part of the problem. Most people do not drink the recommended eight glasses (over 2 litres) of water every day to replace lost fluids. Drinking coffee or tea and spending time in air-conditioned or heated environments exacerbates the problem.
The average adult loses over 2.5 litres of water every day. We can lose approximately 0.5 litres from breathing, 0.5 litres when sweating in a temperate environment (this increases dramatically in hot weather, heated rooms or when exercising) and anywhere from 1-1.5 litres through urination.
A drop of just 2% of our body water can cause the following issues:
If mild dehydration is not treated, the body begins to shut down. Shock, coma and death can occur if the replenishment of fluids does not take place.
Thirst, while being the indicator that dehydration is occurring, is unfortunately a poor early warning system. In fact, if you feel thirsty, you are already suffering from mild dehydration. Other common symptoms and signs of dehydration include:
Dehydration is without a doubt a serious issue in today’s world. And the only way to counter dehydration is to ensure that at least 2 litres, or eight glasses, of water is consumed every day. Getting into the habit of drinking this amount of water will help counter the effects of dehydration and lead to a happy and healthy body and mind.