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Why Your Body Needs Water

I understand what it is to be thirsty. I had to drink when I was three years old. If there is one thing I really don’t understand, that would make perfect sense in regards to water. I don’t understand, for example, why there are some people who would die from dehydration even if they are able to live without water.

What many people fail to grasp is that the human body must have enough water to keep itself functioning. Our bodies are built to hold water in order to stay alive and, while it may seem contradictory, the more water our bodies have, the stronger, healthier and more robust we are overall. A body that contains none of this necessary water is simply not functioning the way it should.

Just the very act of drinking water (or even simply the act of being able to drink), will make you thirsty. It takes your body at least an hour to produce enough water to balance its fluids and your body must be adequately supplied with water, even when your body is not being actively used for fluid expenditure.  As you get older, your body becomes less able to maintain that balance and water loss becomes the norm. What does it have to be at a certain age? To stay healthy, our bodies need between 3-5 liters of water a day:

It is very important to understand that your thirst for water is not the same as how thirsty you actually are. A person who is incredibly thirsty for water will actually feel it more on days they have a lot of extra energy and will be able to drink more than usual. They will have more trouble with being dehydrated, when not in need of fluids, than someone who is just not thirsty but is thirsty all the time.

Here is another example. If you are dehydrated:

And you find yourself with no water and very little energy to spare, what will be happening during this time is a person will begin to have a feeling of thirst that can be felt while drinking:

In that instance, our muscles would be contracting harder. When that situation occurs, your body would not simply stop drinking. There must also be the ability for the body to produce more fluid, however it is more efficient and is more efficient that way also. When the body is producing, or in the case of a person experiencing a condition of dehydration, losing the ability to do that, the body would experience this physical effort as the need for more liquid. This is just one way a dehydrated person can feel their thirst.

There are also some people who cannot tolerate the fact that they are thirsty and can only drink very little or not at all (it’s almost always this one or the fact they can’t breathe while drinking that causes them to pass out ). These people have high blood pressure, are generally hypoglycemic, generally suffer from a certain stage of mental exhaustion, or are mentally ill themselves. They often find themselves in situations where their bodies are not functioning optimally and, even though they have water, it can be difficult for them to make sense of what is happening to them.

It is worth noting it is difficult to define what type of dehydration one is in and to determine the most effective means of hydration. This can be very confusing to someone who is just beginning his or her journey into becoming an expert in hydration.  If you want to help a person get to know their body, the best thing is to talk with them about it. It probably won’t happen overnight but I promise it can be done and will allow you to gain an understanding of what it’s like to be you and to do it in an easy to understand way.

One of the issues with hydration is that it’s hard to find good hydration products to help one properly hydrate.