This quote is from Star Trek the Next Generation. It is an alien life form describing humans and is very apt. I don’t know about the ugly part, but we are mostly water. While estimates differ, our bodies are made up of 55-75% water. Water affects every aspect of our function. Many of us are not getting enough of it. Some experts feel that up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. While working out you can loose 6-10% through sweat, and everyone knows you need water when you exercise, but that is obvious and our body is demanding water at that point.
Chronic mild dehydration has unknown effects. We don’t know what it does to us to be a little dehydrated for years. We do know that as little as 1% dehydration can cause a 5% decrease in cognitive ability and physical performance. This is the first time that our body will start to feel thirsty. You should be drinking before you get thirsty. If you’re thirsty then you’re already having symptoms of dehydration. We also know how important water is for us. Here are some symptoms that you may not associate with dehydration.
Some Lesser known Symptoms of Dehydration:
- Craving for sugar
- Bad breath
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
Some lesser known benefits of drinking water are:
- Weight loss
- Increased cognitive ability
- Increased physical ability
- Clearer skin
- Decreased joint and muscle pain
- Improved immune system
The next time you get the munchies, or a headache, or feel a little out of control or tired, try a glass of water.