Water isn’t optional. It’s a must. It’s essential for every organ in your body, including your heart. Your heart uses water to help it circulate your blood, pumping 2,000 gallons a day! You can make it easier for your heart by staying properly hydrated.
When your body lacks water, your blood is thicker. Thicker blood can be more difficult for your heart to pump, which means it needs to pump harder. Essentially, when the heart doesn’t have enough water, it can beat faster and have a difficult time getting enough blood circulated. On the other hand, when your heart has enough water to work with, it can get blood circulated easier, providing oxygen to your muscles.
By drinking enough water, you may even severely lower your risk of heart disease. In fact, it’s believed you could cut your risk by about half!
When you’re dehydrated, your mind and body suffer. Some of the signs of dehydration include: dry or sticky mouth, dark yellow urine, headache, muscle cramps, dry skin, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sleepiness, confusion and sunken eyes. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. In fact, it can even cause heat stroke.
Multiple things need to be taken into consideration when figuring out how much you should be drinking. The climate where you are, your activity level and your current health should be taken into account. Some health conditions require additional hydration and some medications can be diuretics. Being pregnant can also increase your water needs.
Keep an eye on your symptoms and see if you have any that could be caused by dehydration. Also, pay attention to your urine output, it should be a pale yellow. If it’s a dark yellow, you are probably dehydrated.