Effects of Dehydration
Dehydration occurs when the body has insufficient water to function properly. Below are some of the ways dehydration can impact the body. Other, less obvious ways dehydration can show up for you are:
Water and Heartburn
Heartburn can be a signal of water shortage in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a major thirst signal of the human body. The use of antacids or tablet medications in the treatment of this pain does not correct dehydration, and the body continues to suffer as a result of its water shortage. Not recognizing heartburn as a sign of dehydration and treating it with antacids and pill medications can, in time, produce inflammation of the stomach and duodenum, hiatal hernia, ulceration, and eventually cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas.
Water and Arthritis
Rheumatoid joint pain - arthritis - can be a signal of water shortage in the painful joint. It can affect the young as well as the old. The use of pain-killers does not cure the problem, but exposes the person to further damage from pain medications. Intake of water and small amounts of high quality sea salt can be restorative.
Water and Back Pain
Low back pain and ankylosing arthritis of the spine can be signs of water shortage in the spinal column and discs - the water cushions that support the weight of the body. Not recognizing arthritis and low back pain as signs of dehydration in the joint cavities and treating them with pain-killers, manipulation, and eventually surgery can, in time, produce osteoarthritis when the cartilage cells in the joints have eventually all died. It can produce deformity of the spine. Pain medications have their own life-threatening complications.
Water and Angina
Heart pain - angina - can be a sign of water shortage in the heart/lung axis. It should be treated with increased water intake until the patient is free of pain and independent of medications. Medical supervision is prudent.
Water and Migraines
Migraine headache is a sign of water need by the brain and the eyes. It can totally clear up if dehydration is prevented from establishing in the body. The type of dehydration that causes migraine might eventually cause inflammation of the back of the eye.
Water and Colitis
Colitis pain can be a signal of water shortage in the large gut. It is associated with constipation because the large intestine constricts to squeeze the last drop of water from the excrement - thus the lack of water lubrication. Not recognizing colitis pain as a sign of dehydration can cause persistent constipation. Later in life, it can cause fecal impacting: it can lead to diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and polyps, and can appreciably increase the possibility of developing cancer of the colon and rectum.
Water, Salt and Asthma
Asthma, which also affects 14 million children and kills several thousand of them every year, can be a complication of dehydration in the body. It is caused by the drought management programs of the body. Increased water intake can prevent asthma attacks. Asthmatics might also need to take more sea salt to break the mucus plugs in the lungs that obstruct the free flow of air in and out of the air sacs.