Dehydration could be causing your headaches

April 15, 2012, Sunday/ 14:06:00

With their busy working lives, people may not notice that they are living with thirst. Thinking they will manage by drinking water and coffee throughout the day, they ignore the positive effects of having a well-hydrated body. A water deficiency can cause significant health problems.

Don’t say I never think to drink water!

Drinking enough water should be a habit for everyone. If you don’t think to drink water, always keep a bottle at your workspace and during the day, sip by sip, you’ll drink it. As you get in the habit you’ll notice when your mouth is dry and see that drinking water is truly a necessity. In this way you’ll drink 1.5-2 liters a day without noticing.

Water helps you lose weight!

Water has zero calories and the full feeling it gives you helps you lose weight. Consuming water throughout the day ensures that you will eat less and continue to want to drink water. When you get up in the morning and before you go to sleep it is important, in terms of feeling full, to drink a glass of water. Although you shouldn’t think you’ll lose weight just by drinking water and going to the bathroom, hydrated dieters lose more weight through feeling full. Drinking water even revs up your metabolism, further increasing weight loss.

For health reasons it is important to consume 2-2.5 liters of water a day. The digestion and absorption of the nutrients we consume draw the negative materials from the body. The body’s temperature stays at the same level and its acid-base balance will be healthy. When not enough water is consumed, major health problems may arise, such as:

Headaches, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate: Ninety percent of the brain is water. For this reason dehydration’s first symptoms appear in brain function. It isn’t necessary to take medicine for every headache that develops: Drinking water is often the cure.

Dry skin and rashes: Skin in the largest organ. Dryness due to dehydration may cause rashes and marks on the skin. Consuming more water slows the effects of aging.

Fatigue of the heart: If the amount of fluids taken in is enough, your heartbeat will be normal and you will have fewer heart problems.

Loss of hair and dry scalp: Drinking too little water may be the reason your hair follicles dry out and you get dandruff. This can lead to loss of hair by decreasing the strands the scalp can hold.

Constipation and digestion problems: With insufficient hydration, the body’s nervous system may work slower and cause constipation. Digestive problems can likewise appear when you fail to drink enough water.

Muscle cramps: Water is important for our joint health. The cartilage tissue that allows the movement of our joints requires a high fluid content to exist. When this fluid decreases, the risk of developing joint problems increases.

Unbalanced blood pressure: Long-term dehydration may cause serious problems with blood pressure and circulation.

Kidney problems: Kidneys are a part of the excretory system. This system removes toxic materials from the body. For this system to work, sufficient fluids are necessary, meaning more water decreases toxins.

Decreased immune function: The prevention of dehydration is important for optimizing the body’s immune system, which protects against things like the flu.


*Dr. Özgür Mollaoğlu works at the Memorial Şişli Hospital in internal medicine.

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