We constantly hear the reminder to drink more water, but it’s one of those things that’s easy to let slide or skip because…Coffee! Tea! Diet soda! Beer! Wine! There are so many other exciting choices, yes? But water is so important for your body and there are real side effects of not drinking enough of it. So as a motivation to bump that ‘drink more water’ thing higher up on your priority list, I’m sharing 7 ways dehydration keeps you from looking and feeling your best.

It’s important to note that by the time you actually feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. So don’t wait until you experience thirst to drink water. Drink plenty of water steadily throughout the day (around half your body weight in ounces, every day) to avoid these not-so-fun side effects.

Here’s the tumbler I use every day to track my water intake:

Hydro Flask Black 22 Oz. Tumbler With Lid

7 Ways Dehydration Keeps You From Looking And Feeling Your Best 

1. You’re more likely to experience headaches.

If you get headaches, consider upping your daily water intake and the next time you feel a headache, try drinking a large glass of water before taking Tylenol.

2. Your metabolism slows and you’ll be more likely to gain weight.

Studies have shown that drinking water keeps your metabolic rate higher, even while you’re resting. This means your body will burn more calories when you’re hydrated. In addition, when you’re dehydrated your body will retain water, causing you to feel and look puffier than you would be if you were hydrated.

3. You’ll feel more tired.

Even slight dehydration can significantly decrease your energy levels because your cells need water to synthesize energy. Consider a big glass of water before that afternoon cup of coffee.

4. Your skin won’t be as glowy and plump.

When your body is well-hydrated, your skin plumps and looks more dewy and glowy. I 100% notice more fine lines around my lips and eyes when I’m dehydrated. Just picture dry, cracked earth, and what happens when it rains on that dry dirt. The cracks and lines go away! It’s really not very different with your skin. Just ask your facialist if she notices when someone is hydrated vs. when they’re not. {Click here for 4 common causes of chronic skin issues, and what to do about them.}

5. Your workouts won’t be as good and will feel much harder.

When you have less fluid in your body, your heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout your body. Which means that during a cardiovascular workout, your heart will work harder than it really should have to, and the workout will feel much more intense. You’ll kill that workout when you go into it well hydrated! And you’ll also feel better after.

6. You’ll have a harder time eliminating.

Yes, I’m talking about constipation. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic constipation. Your colon needs plenty of water to keep the waste inside it soft and moving through easily. Constipation can happen when the inside of your colon begins to dry out, making the stool hard and dry and really uncomfortable to eliminate. Soft, easy stools and completely eliminating are good! Hard, painful stools and incomplete elimination are NO GOOD. You could also experience more gas and bloating from the constipation.

7. Toxins can build up in your body.

The less water you drink, the less you urinate. Urination is one of the ways that toxins and waste are removed from your body, so if you aren’t peeing often, you aren’t removing those toxins.

 

Now over to you…how does dehydration affect you? Let us know in the comments below!

Elizabeth xo

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