Importance of Drinking Water

Published 7/5/13

Definition of Dehydration

The state of dehydration occurs when the human body does not have as much water and/or fluids as it needs. Dehydration can range from mild, moderate, to severe based on how much of the body's water is lost or not replenished in a timely fashion. When hydration is severe, dehydration can be life-threatening.

Facts About Dehydration

  1. 3 out of every 4 Americans are chronically dehydrated. 
  2. In 36% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger pangs.
  3. Even mild dehydration can slow down metabolism by as much as 30%. 
  4. A study at the University of Washington found that 1-glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for nearly every individual that participated in the study.
  5. Dehydration is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 
  6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain by reducing inflammation for up to 80% of sufferers.
  7. A mere 2% drop in body water content can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, cause trouble with basic math problems, and can result in difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. 
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