Effects of Dehydration
Is drinking water healthy for you?
It seems like an elementary question. Water is essential for life – we all know that. But I’ve found that just ‘knowing’ something doesn’t make it sink in how important it is until I’ve researched it and the answer smacks me in the forehead.
Do you need your forehead smacked sometimes too? Good, I’m not alone then! 😉
Our body on dehydration
We depend on water so much that without adequate amounts, we immediately begin to suffer – and many times we don’t even realize it.
Do you remember those drug commercials from, the 80’s or early 90’s that said, “This is your brain. . .this is your brain on drugs”. That’s what I think of when I think about what happens to our bodies when we’re dehydrated: “This is your body. . .this is your body on dehydration. . .”
- By the time you feel thirsty, your body has already lost over 1-2% of its total water amount. 
- Mild levels of dehydration can produce disruptions in mood and cognitive functioning such as concentration, alertness, and short-term memory. It can impair performance on tasks such as short-term memory, perceptual discrimination, arithmetic ability, visuomotor tracking, and psychomotor skills. 
- Chronic dehydration has been linked to chronic fatigue, depression, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, asthma, heartburn, constipation, urinary tract infections, premature aging, high cholesterol, and weight gain. [3, 4]
- Dehydration causes strain on your heart. The amount of blood circulating through your body decreases when you’re dehydrated. To compensate, your heart beats faster, increasing your heart rate and causing you to feel palpitations. Also, your blood retains more sodium, making it tougher for it to circulate through your body. 
How can I tell if I’m dehydrated?
To tell if you’re getting enough water, monitor your urine:
•A hydrated body produces clear, colorless urine.
•A somewhat dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
•A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark-colored urine.
Water’s role in fighting candida
Candida is an ‘opportunistic pathogen,’ which means that as soon as your resistance is lowered, it’s ready to make its move and cause disease .
You’re probably tired of hearing me say over and over that anything that lowers our immunity or disrupts our normal body functions can encourage imbalance and assist in candida overgrowth. Therefore, when we allow ourselves to become dehydrated, it’s like asking candida to get up and dance.
Changing your diet is 50% of a good candida program, but the other 50% is just as important. You also need to make long-term lifestyle changes – and while drinking water seems elementary, it’s about as foundational as you can get.
How much water is enough?
In conclusion, my rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. That means if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.
That’s a lot of water!
For some of you, half your body weight in water seems like an impossibility. If your bladder is anything like mine, you know what I mean!
But this makes it a perfect opportunity to throw in some bathroom exercises. Try them, you’ll appreciate this simple way to fit exercise into the day without even changing into workout clothes. 🙂
How much water do you drink every day? What is your favorite way to make sure you’re getting enough?
References: Dr. Mercola. (2011). The Case Against Drinking 6-8 Glasses of Water a Day. Mercola: Take Control of Your Health.  Popkin, B. M., D’Anci, K. E., & Rosenberg, I. H. (2010). Water, Hydration and Health. Nutrition Reviews, 68(8), 439–458.  Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj. (2008). Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.  Dr. Mercola. (2011). If You’re Tired, You are Probably Lacking This. Mercola: TakeControl of Your Health.  Heart and Vascular Institute. (2014). The Importance of Hydration for Your Heart. UPMC HealthBeat.  Hirota K., Yumoto H., Sapaar B., Matsuo T., Ichikawa T., & Miyake Y. (2017). Pathogenic Factors in Candida biofilm-related infectious diseases. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2, 321-330.