Since the human body is about 60% water, replacing water that you lose through sweating and urinating is extremely important. If you drink less water than you lose, you could face some very serious health problems. Health authorities have long recommended drinking 2 liters (half a gallon) of water a day.
What happens when you drink less than a liter (1 quart) of water a day? Dehydration can be a serious medical issue. What are some of the most serious issues that chronic dehydration causes?
Can you get cancer from not drinking enough water? How do joints react to not getting enough water? We’ll address some of these questions. You might be surprised at the negative effects of not drinking enough water.
Chronic dehydration can lead to problems with the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract. Infections, kidney stones, and kidney failure can result from not drinking enough water. UTIs are painful and can cause kidney damage and sepsis. Kidney stones are painful and may require medical intervention.
The risk of bladder and colorectal cancers is higher in people who don’t drink enough water. This is possible because the kidney and colon aren’t cleaned out regularly and cells develop cancerous properties.
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