Chronic dehydration results when small amounts of water are not replaced day after day. And to make matters worse, many Americans drink beverages containing caffeine or alcohol. These substances cause a net loss, rather than a gain of water in your body. Those who regularly drink caffeine or alcoholic beverages are literally “drinking themselves dry”.According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult loses more than 10 cups of water every day, simply by breathing, perspiring, and eliminating waste. When water is lacking, numerous functions begin to be curtailed. Headaches, constipation, brain fog, afternoon fatigue, and many other ailments are the result of too little water. By the time any of these common symptoms arises, dehydration has already progressed to the point where water is being rationed in your body. Long-term water rationing leads to premature aging and disease.
If our brains are mostly water, then it is only logical that lack of water can cause the brain some real problems. Alterations in the balance of brain water contributes significantly to morbidity and death associated with many common neurological disorders including head trauma, stroke, tumors, infections, and metabolic disorders.
- One of the most important roles of water is to keep your brain hydrated
- A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy thinking.
- Lack of water is the number one number reason for day time fatigue.
“We’re not sick, we’re thirsty” – Dr. “B”
Your brain needs clean water (with minerals)…in order to conduct electrical impulses. These bio-electric commands automatically regulate body temperature, process information, help us move muscles, automatically breathe, help us eat and digest, and cause us “to feel” both physically and emotionally. When there isn’t enough water available to your brain, your brain basically shuts down to conserve energy.
Something as simple as changing the water you drink could have a profound impact on optimal brain function and help reduce the risk of stroke.
Common Symptoms of Dehydration
Water rationing allows the body to provide water for crucial, life-sustaining functions while the functions that are not as crucial are literally put on “hold”. Cells function best with a certain amount of water.
Most people think dehydration is something that would happen if they got lost in the desert and had to go without water for several days. The truth is that chronic (ongoing) dehydration is widespread. Most Americans are in a state of dehydration without even knowing it. Unlike a camel, the human body has no way to store water. Dehydration results when you don’t replace all the water that is lost during each day’s activity.