What is dehydration,
and what are its effects?
Generally speaking, dehydration is a rather unclear concept to most people.
While everyone has the cliché of the person lost in the desert dying of thirst, few people identify dehydration on a daily basis.
Today, unfortunately, there are more people who are dehydrated than those who are adequately hydrated.
Although the extreme dehydration example exists, most people suffering from dehydration are not experiencing an immediate life or death situation.
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It is more common to find what we call chronic dehydration in our modern societies.
We estimate that approximately 70% of the world’s population suffers from it.
The effects of dehydration on our body are often minimalized, although our body is primarily composed of water!
Much more subtle than the cliché of the person dying of thirst, chronic dehydration is nevertheless dangerous and can lead to many health problems.
At the macroscopic level, the liver and kidney functions can no longer take place normally, causing, for example, the kidneys to have difficulty diluting waste sufficiently to eliminate it.
At the microscopic level, intracellular particles can no longer move and transform normally, transport through cell membranes is disrupted and the recovery of metabolic waste by the lymph is diminished. Our fluids thicken, our blood becomes more viscous because its water content decreases.
Chronic dehydration also impacts our entire body through the complex mechanism of dryness management.
Over time, chronic dehydration affects all of our body functions, making it a significant health problem.
It can express various symptoms such as:
- dry mouth
- dry skin and hair
- sleep disorders
- irritability and lack of concentration
We must increase awareness of real hydration as it is one of the most basic but essential health habits.
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