How Not Drinking Enough Water Can Kill Your Metabolism, Your Thyroid, and Your Heart. It Can Injure Your Brain Too.

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Water plays a major role in vital human functions. Breathing, digestion, elimination, blood circulation, temperature control, kidney regulation, brain health, joint and spine function, eyesight, healthy hair and nails, and flushing toxins from the body… all of these processes depend on proper hydration.

Water Is Vital for Your Thyroid

All of these processes are also connected to your thyroid. Dehydration hinders thyroid functioning. Changes in the thyroid hormone-binding proteins that follow because of dehydration induced hemoconcentration have a profound effect on total serum thyroid hormone concentrations. That’s a fact.

Water Is Important for Heart Health

Dehydration can injure your heart too, as it leads to a lowered amount of blood in the body. The heart must pump harder in order to get the blood’s oxygen to muscles and tissues.

Water Supports a Number of Processes in the Body

In addition, dehydration can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Muscle cramps
  • Kidney stones, etc.

Water Detoxes

Water is necessary to flush toxins and waste out of the body. Dehydration is a known cause for a decreased metabolic rate and toxin retention. Coffee contributes to dehydration.

Water Keeps Your Brain Healthy

Cognitive performance depends of good hydration too. Researchers at Peking University write:

“Dehydration may lead to some adverse results such as decreased muscle endurance and strength [2], or increased chances of kidney stones and urinary tract infections [3]. Furthermore, dehydration may affect cognitive performances, as water accounts for 75% of brain mass [4].

Preliminary studies support their findings.

Don’t Forget to Drink Your Water

Knowing the importance of water, we can create shortcuts that would remind us to hydrate.

  1. Keep a large, preferably glass water bottle next to your bed and take a few sips immediately after you wake up. Feel free to jazz it up with lemon juice, cucumbers, mint or fresh berries.
  2. Keep a glass bottle of water with you throughout the day.
  3. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Have fruit for breakfast every day and make one of your meals a salad, for example.
  4. Write these resolutions down on a piece of paper and post it on your refrigerator.
  5. Set up a periodic reminder on your phone.

No wonder water has been considered to be a sacred element for millennia. Accept this gift of life and be well for years to come.

To your health!



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The statements in this article are not evaluated by the FDA and are for informational purposes only. Nothing on this page intends to treat, diagnose or prevent disease. If you suspect that you have a disease or a condition of any type, please see your primary care physician without delay. Consult your physician before taking supplements, starting an exercise program, or changing your diet.​

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