10 Dangers of Dehydration You Never Think Are True

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Do you often feel tired without even doing anything the whole day? Feeling Depressed? Easily get mad? If you are, that could be a sign of dehydration. If you fail to drink enough water daily, then you should read these 10 Dangers of Dehydration You Never Think Are True.

According to Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, founder of the National Association for Honesty in Medicine water is very important to your health. Dr. Batmanghelidj states that “You’re not sick; you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.” [1]

How important is water?

Yes, you might say “I know how important water is”. But then do you take it seriously? Do you drink enough water every day? If you do then you are doing yourself a great favor. As we all know the body is made of 75 percent water. And, as you normally breathe you lose 1-2 L of water, 3-4 L lost as you sweat, urinate and expels excrement.

According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, there’s a significant correlation between water consumption and chronic diseases. And, among these diseases includes depression, anger, allergies, asthma, hypertension and more. So, if you haven’t been drinking plenty of water right now, then you should read these 10 Dangers of Dehydration You Never Think Are True.

10 Dangers of Dehydration You Never Think Are True

1. Heartburn Sign of Dehydration

First on the list is Heartburn. Let us first know the definition of heartburn in Wikipedia.
Heartburn, also known as acid indigestion is a burning sensation in the central chest or upper central abdomen. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. [2]

Then let’s see what Dr. Batmanghelidj tells us of heartburn.
Heartburn is a signal of water shortage in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a major thirst signal of the human body.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis Sign of Dehydration

Next on the list is Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of your joints. In turn, it causes warm, swollen, and painful joints.
However, Dr. Batmanghelidj says that rheumatoid arthritis is a signal of dehydration or water shortage in the painful joint. He suggests that an intake of water and small amounts of salt is an effective cure.

3. Low Back Pain Sign of Dehydration

Another sign of dehydration is low back pain. Ankylosing spondylitis or low back pain is a type of arthritis in which there is long term inflammation of the joints of the spine. [3]
Dr. Batmanghelidj tells us that Ankylosing spondylitis is a sign of dehydration or water shortage in the spinal column and discs. – the water cushions that support the weight of the body.

4. Angina Sign of Dehydration

Angina is also a sign of dehydration. It is a pain in the chest due to the decreased/inadequate blood flow in the heart.
What Dr. Batmanghelidj states:
Heart pain or angina is a sign of dehydration or water shortage in the heart/lung axis. He states that an increased water intake (until the pain subsides) can treat/cure angina.

5. Migraines Sign of Dehydration

Next is migraine. Migraine is a recurrent headache that pulsates on one side of the head. It can range from moderate to severe stage which can cause pain for hours and even days.
What Dr. Batmanghelidj states:
Migraine is another sign of dehydration or lack of water in the brain and the eyes. He also adds that dehydration on these body parts will cause inflammation of the back of the eye and possibly loss of eye sight.

6. Colitis Sign of Dehydration

Another sign of dehydration is colitis. Colitis is an inflammation of the lining of the colon. When you search for the causes of colitis, the internet will show you numerous list of how it started.
But, What Dr. Batmanghelidj states:
Colitis is a sign of dehydration or water shortage in the large gut. He says that colitis is connected to constipation where there is also a lack of water lubrication in the large intestines. He even tells us that persistent constipation due to dehydration can lead to diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, and polyps, and appreciably increases the possibility of developing cancer of the colon and rectum.

7. Asthma Sign of Dehydration

Going further, asthma is also a sign of dehydration. Asthma as Wikipedia defines it is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
However, Dr. Batmanghelidj tells us that:
Asthma is a sign of dehydration. He explains that we lose a quart of water through breathing. Can you imagine that? 1 quart is more or less 4 cups. How important then to drink more water to replace that which was lost from breathing. However, he adds that if we don’t replace it, the body tightens up the bronchials and plugs up the holes and we call this reduced air flow in the lungs due to dehydration or asthma.

8. High Blood Pressure Sign of Dehydration

Next is hypertension. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a long term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently higher than the normal pressure. It can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle or genetic factors.
However, Dr. Batmanghelidj tells us that:
High blood pressure or hypertension is another sign of dehydration in the human body. He explains that when your body is dehydrated 66% of the water loss is from the interior of the cells, 26% is from the environment around the cells, and only 8% is lost from the vascular system.

9. Adult-Onset Diabetes

Further, Adult-Onset Diabetes is also a sign of dehydration. Adult-Onset Diabetes or type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition where your body does not make or use insulin well. It is more common in adults but it is also said to affect kids and teens due to childhood obesity.
However, Dr. Batmanghelidj tells us that:
Type 2 diabetes is also a sign of severe dehydration of the human body. Proper hydration reduces insulin resistance. Aside from that, drinking enough water will make you feel full so you eat less. Accordingly, water and some salt will reverse adult-onset diabetes in its early stages.

10. High Cholesterol Sign of Dehydration

The last on the list is high cholesterol. Yes, cholesterol is needed to continually build healthy cells in your body; however, high cholesterol is harmful as it may increase your risk of heart disease.
While you may think that high cholesterol is only gained from the food you eat. Then you are definitely wrong!
Dr. Batmanghelidj assures that high cholesterol is a sign of dehydration. When your body is dehydrated your blood becomes acidic which can promote LDL “bad cholesterol” build up. In contrast, when you drink plenty of water can help clean up your blood eliminating the excessive build up of LDL.

How Much Water do you need to take?

You can calculate the right amount of water you need to take daily by dividing your body weight in half. For instance, If you weigh 120 pounds, divide it by 2 so you get 60. Then, you should drink 60 ounces (7.5 cups) of water per day.
However, if you are involved in a hard labor, physically active or lives in a hot climate where excessive perspiration occurs, then you may need to drink more water than usual.

What does your urine indicate?

Additionally, according to Dr. Batmanghelidj, your urine can indicate whether you are dehydrated or not:
Colorless Urine – Your body is hydrated
Yellow Urine – your body is mildly dehydrated
Orange Urine – your body is severely dehydrated

All in all, we NEED to drink enough water every day. You should not wait to get thirsty, drink water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. You can drink water in between meals and 30 minutes before a meal then 1 hour after a meal.

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