What Are the Symptoms That May Occur From Not Drinking Enough Water?

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What Are the Symptoms That May Occur From Not Drinking Enough Water?
Adults need to drink at least eight cups of water a day. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Drinking enough water is fundamental to healthy living. Doctors and health specialists recommend that adults drink at least eight cups of water every day. Dehydration can cause adverse physical and mental affects that can be severely debilitating and even dangerous. It is therefore very important to know the symptoms of not drinking enough water.

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Basic Symptoms

The first signs of dehydration are a dry mouth and dry eyes. Your mouth will clearly feel very dry, alerting you that you are not drinking enough water. Your eyes will not produce any tears, and you will find yourself blinking more often. These symptoms are very mild, but they are the ways in which your body tells you that you are starting to get dehydrated.

Nausea and Vomiting

If you are dehydrated for long enough you will start to feel very nauseous. This is generally accompanied with muscle cramps and general pain and stiffness throughout the body. If you still do not drink water, there is a high chance that you will start vomiting. This can be very dangerous, as your body will lose even more water. It is imperative that you start replenishing your fluids.

Heart Palpitations

The next symptom of dehydration is heart palpitations. Your heart will lose the occasional beat as your pulse speeds up to compensate for the lack of water in your body. If you are experiencing heart palpitations from dehydration, you are in a very dangerous state. At this level of dehydration, you are in a state of confusion and weakness. You may become delusional or seem incredibly impaired.

Coma and Death

As dehydration continues to afflict your body, you will slowly start to lose consciousness. Without water, you body descends into a coma. An increased pulse can no longer compensate for the lack of water in your body. Your organs begin to shut down at the point of the coma, and you begin to die. If you still do not receive fluids into your body, you will die of dehydration very shortly.

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