The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink 9 cups (or 72 ounces) of water every day and men 13 cups (or 104 ounces).
Below is a list of things that can happen to your body if you don’t drink enough water.
1. You’ll get Fatigue and Tiredness
The first sign of dehydration is the feeling of being tired; some people experience a headache and feel like taking a nap.
2. You’re more likely to get Health problems
A high intake of water has been linked to a decreased risk of kidney stones, urinary and colon cancer, and heart attacks.
3. You’re more likely to gain weight
Many times when you are thirsty you eat food rather than drink water. This can cause unnecessary weight gain, especially for a sedentary person.
4. You’ll have to think harder to complete some tasks
The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College in London found that the brains of dehydrated teens had shrunk away from their skulls. When they were asked to play a problem solving game, they performed just as well as hydrated teens but used more of their brains to do so. Drinking water restores the brain to its normal size.
5. You’ll get Constipation and Digestive Problems
If a person is not drinking enough water they do not have enough liquid to help with the elimination process and without eliminating the foods we digest we gain weight, gain toxins, and feel awful.
6. You’ll look more wrinkled
During the research for his book, Dr. Murad discovered that being hydrated plumps skin, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens up a dull complexion.
7. You’re more likely to get Stomach Ulcers
To protect the stomach from its acidic digestive fluids that is made during the digestion of food, the stomach is coated with a lining of mucous, which are 98% water and 2% sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate helps in the digestive process by neutralizing the acids. When a person is dehydrated the stomach does not have enough liquid available to make the mucous, thus a poor mucous lining protecting a person from the acidic fluids the digestive process makes.