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Here's What Happens To Your Body When You're Dehydrated

February 07, 2019

Here's What Happens To Your Body When You're Dehydrated

Dehydration isn’t just something that happens on hot summer days by the pool. It's a common problem that plagues many of us in our day-to-day lives. While it’s unlikely that you’re severely dehydrated on the daily, even a seemingly small amount of water deprivation can be bad for your health.

Not drinking enough water can have a huge impact on your energy, your capabilities, and even your mood. Of course, there are also physical symptoms, like headaches and dizziness. If you want to slay at life, it’s important to carry a water bottle with you daily and make sure you’re getting enough H2O. Not convinced? Here’s what happens to your body when you’re dehydrated.

You Might Have A Hard Time Concentrating

Too little water can make it hard to focus on what’s in front of you. Researchers working on a recent Georgia Tech study found that even minimal amounts of dehydration can make a big impact on your motor functions, your ability to focus, and your follow-through. This can start when you have a deficit of even just a liter of water, which is around 2 percent of your body mass.

Next time you’re sitting at your desk struggling to get through a seemingly simple task, keep this in mind. Our Vision bottle, combining noble shungite and clear quartz, or our Inspiration bottle, combining lapis lazuli and rutilated quartz, are great solutions for dehydration-induced distraction. They encourage you to keep drinking your water while providing a little gem-fueled energy boost in the process.

Your Skin Could Look Dull

It’s long been thought that dehydration can cause skincare struggles, and research is starting to prove it. Yes, there are all kinds of hydrating skin products on the market, and they do make a difference in your skin, but the water you actually drink (called dietary water) makes a totally different impact.

A recent study as found that drinking more water could have a major benefit on the health and appearance of your skin. On the other hand, when you’re dehydrated, your skin can become dry, tight, and dull looking. You might experience flakiness and be more susceptible to the unwanted effects of aging.

To combat dull skin, try Wellness or Forever Young. Our Wellness blend is said to tap into the vibrational powers of amethyst, rose quartz, and clear quartz for soothing calmness and healthy skin. Forever Young, on the other hand, combines aventurine, aquamarine, smoky quartz, and clear quartz. This combination is believed to offer an energetic cleanse of your body and mind that attracts clarity.

You Might Be Feeling Exhausted And Cranky

Can’t stop dozing off at your desk? Hydration might solve the problem. Research has found that insufficient water intake throughout the day could interrupt your sleep function. Even if you lay down for bed at night feeling utterly exhausted, you might not actually get quality sleep if you’re not hydrated enough.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, when you’re dehydrated, your throat and your nasal passages can be dry, which means you’re more likely to snore, which can interrupt your beauty sleep. When you’re dehydrated, you’re also more likely to experience leg cramps that keep you awake or to wake up with a scratchy throat.

Of course, in addition to feeling exhausted, this can add up to a major shift in your mood. Research has found that dehydration can make you feel sad and cranky, but so can being under-rested. Lack of sleep andlack of water do not a happy mood make. If you’re struggling with this, our Vitality bottle and our Fitness bottle are your new best friends. Choose between Vitality’s blends of clear quartz and emerald, which are thought to help create harmony in the body, or the Fitness bottle’s blend of red jasper, magnesite, and clear quartz for top notch energy. Or, even better: treat yourself and try both!

How To Stay Hydrated

Above all, staying hydrated is about sticking to simple habits that ensure you’re drinking enough water. When it’s hot out, take care to drink even more water than usual, even if you think you don’t need it. Squeeze in even more hydration by eating lots of foods with high amounts of water, like celery and melon. Put a little reminder in your phone each hour to drink some water.

Most pros recommend you drink eight glasses (8 oz each) of water each day, though some health providers recommend even more than that. Whatever your personal daily water goal is, the easiest (and most environmentally friendly!) way to make sure you’re drinking enough is to carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day.

A Gem-Water bottle can help make this happen. If you’re struggling with hydration issues, you might especially love the bottles below:

  • If you’re struggling with concentration, try our Inspiration bottle for the positive vibrations of lapis lazuli and rutilated quartz.
  • If your skin is looking dull due to dehydration, our Forever Young bottle is your best bet. Its blend of aventurine, aquamarine, smoky quartz, and clear quartz is perfect for getting your glow on.
  • If you’re feeling fatigued, channel our Fitness bottle’s powerful blend of red jasper, magnesite and clear quartz. In the healing arts, this supercharged combination is thought to boost your energy and endurance.

You’ve got this—it’s all about taking things one sip at a time!

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