Water. H20. Liquid. Our earth boasts a dazzling array of life. Animals, humans, Democrats, Republicans, Russians. And though different we may be, there is one thing we all have in common: We need water to survive. Without water, our cells shrivel up and die, and thus we die. While there may be wars fought over oil, they would pale in comparison to a war fought over water.
Dehydration is something all of us want to avoid. Dehydration, first and foremost, makes you tired. If your body doesn’t have enough water, you’ll feel drowsy. Dehydration also affects your cells. If you aren’t hydrated, your skin will become dry and you will be at an increased risk for chronic illnesses associated with aging. Your blood pressure will also rise. See, if your blood doesn’t get enough of the wet stuff, it condenses. Think Campbell’s tomato soup before you add water. Ew. Oh, oh, and your joints will start to ache, since they need a steady stream of water to support body weight. Your cholesterol will also go up, since cholesterol cells retain more water. It’s your body’s way of trying to hold on to as much W as possible. You may also develop allergies and asthma, as your nose and throat need to be wet.
Remember when I said your joints need water to hold your weight? Well, speaking of weight: If you’re dehydrated, your body will retain water, which leads to bloating and weight gain. Your metabolism will also slow, meaning that you won’t be burning any fat anytime soon. Add in the tiredness from the beginning of the paragraph, and you have the perfect recipe for rapid weight gain.
Did I mention kidney infection yet? No? Great. Water flushes your system of all those yucky toxins you take in. Without it, they build up in your kidneys, which can cause raging infections. And while we’re in the neighborhood: Your guts need water to function too. Without it, your pooping days are over. And expect ulcers. And other stuff. Yay!
Bad stuff, huh? Well, luckily, there’s something you can do to prevent it: Drink plenty of cold, clean water. But beware: Water intoxication isn’t a walk in the park either.