Are you drinking enough water? Chance are… you’re not. Believe it or not, a majority of Americans are actually chronically dehydrated.
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more water than it takes in. We lose water through excreting urine, sweating, and when we’re ill, vomiting and diarrhea.
When we fail over a longer period of time to drink enough water, we enter into what’s called chronic dehydration.
Chronic dehydration comes with its own set of scary health problems. Here is what you can expect from not drinking enough water:
- Fatigue. Dehydration causes enzymatic activity to slow down leading to a decrease in energy.
- Premature aging.
- Excess weight gain.
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Digestive disorders.
- Eczema and other skin conditions.
- Stomach ulcers and gastritis.
- Respiratory problems.
- Urinary tract infections.
If you have any number of these conditions or fear they might be coming on, it may be time to increase your water consumption. Here’s my rule of thumb:
Weigh yourself. If you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking at least 100 ounces of water a day. You should drink no more than an ounce of water per pound of body weight in a single day.
And don’t chug the water all at once. Drink it slowly throughout the day.
If you drink all the water at once, you can make yourself sick and you can even die. So don’t overdo it. Listen to your body. Give it what it needs to work at its best.