According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a good percentage of Americans do not drink enough water on a daily basis. There are a number of consequences that occur when a person is not taking in enough water.
The milder symptoms associated with not drinking enough water include fatigue, sleepiness and tiredness. In addition, a person may also suffer from headache and even constipation. Other symptoms include dizziness, sunken eyes and shriveled skin. Some individuals who do not ingest enough water on a regular basis also experience shriveled skin.
In some cases, mild dehydration can result in joint aches and muscle cramps. Insufficient water intake can also result in a mood change as well as irritability and an increase in anxiety.
There are more serious symptoms associated with dehydration. These include severe diarrhea and vomiting. Other severe symptoms of dehydration include fever and an inability to keep fluids down. In addition, a person who has not taken in enough water may suffer from delirium and unconsciousness. His or her blood pressure may drop to a dangerously low level. Fever is also another possible outcome of dehydration.
A persistent failure to drink enough water on a daily basis can have a long term impact on a person’s weight. In such a situation, the body may mistake a persistent mild dehydration as hunger, resulting in a person eating more than is necessary, with weight gain being the obvious outcome of such a situation. In addition, the body will not flush waste efficiently out of the body when a person does not drink enough water.