I felt the same way for months! When I started drinking between 80 and 100 ounces of water a day (depending on my weight), I didn't notice much. I thought there would just be some huge transformation and I would pretty much see the light. So many health bloggers were commenting about how great they felt with all the extra water. I just had to pee..... a lot!
But, I kept doing it. I was seeing progress on the scales, so I didn't want to sabotage myself if it was because of the water.
Recently I forgot to drink enough water throughout my day and I was just hit by how awful I felt. It was amazing to finally understand how much better my body works when I'm properly hydrated. Since I'm a researcher, I had to understand the science behind it all....
When you don't drink enough water for your body, your organs do not function properly. Our bodies are designed to work a certain way and when you deprive it, things just don't work as well. Simple, right?
Some parts of our bodies are designed to flush toxins and waste materials. If we deprive those organs of the water it needs to carry out those actions, what do you think happens? Exactly, it doesn't happen near as well. If you do this over a longer period of time, you are putting extra stress on those parts of the body. They are working overtime to function and you're wearing them out!
My gallbladder quit functioning and it had to be removed. I truly believe my lack of hydration combined with pitiful eating habits and extra weight were the reason. Your gallbladder, liver, kidneys, and intestines need water to work properly. When you don't supply it, they are put under strain.
So what happens when the toxins that your body cannot eliminate properly stay in your system for a longer period of time?
You feel sluggish, irritable, and completely run down. If you're someone who drinks water properly, try skipping a day or so. You'll completely understand how your body functions with enough water.
Other side effects of improper hydration:
- False hunger pains - One of the earliest signs of dehydration is a feeling of hunger. Ever wonder how you just ate and are still hungry? Can't figure it out? If you're eating properly and still hungry, check your water intake.
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Your eyes will dry out and become agitated
- Your skin dries out
- Did I mention the irritability???
- If you continue to deprive your body, you will look older than what you really are. Trust me on this one....or look back at my pictures.
It took me months of drinking water to really notice a difference when I skip. I felt horrible! When I started drinking water, I absolutely hated it plain. With a passion! I never saw myself as a water drinker. Once I got into the habit of doing it, I started actually craving plain water. Never in a million years would anyone have imagined that! I was addicted to Coke, tea, and energy drinks. I can't tell you the last time I actually craved a "real" Coke. I went from three 20 ounce Cokes a day to nothing for months. I've also not had an energy drink in a month! I do still drink tea if we eat out, but it's unsweetened.
I'm not giving up my coffee....probably ever. But I've made peace with just plain water too.