How Long Can You Survive Without Water?

Do you know that 60 percent of your body is made up of water? This shows you just how much you need water in your body. If you decide to stop drinking water today, dehydration will occur. Your body will feel weak and sluggish on the first day; then, your organs will start to fail by the third day.

However, several factors will impact how soon the body organs start to fail. For instance, your health, age, sex, body weight, physical activities, and surrounding condition will determine how quickly dehydration can happen. This explains why a child can die within hours of being left in a car on a hot day.

You lose about one or one and a half-liter of water each day through sweat and urinating. However, you lose more than half a liter when sick. Therefore, it is essential to drink water each day to make up for the loss. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, women need 2.7 liters, and men need 3.7 liters of water each day.

When your body loses water quickly, for instance, in the case of diarrhea without being replaced, your body starts to wither(dehydrate). Your lips become dry due to extreme thirst.

When the water levels in your body are low, your blood pressure becomes low, which can be fatal. You also become irritable, weak, and dizzy, and finally, extreme dehydration kicks in.

Extreme dehydration occurs when these effects become more pronounced. You go into shock. You develop hyperthermia, and your brain stops sending messages to the rest of the body organs. This affects your memory and coordination. Then finally, you become unconscious. If you are not attended to within the shortest time possible, your body loses the fight, and you die.

Remember that trying to save yourself or someone by quickly drinking water when severely dehydrated will cause Hyponatremia. This is when your level of sodium is too low.

However, taking water is not the only way you can stay hydrated; you can drink fluids as a substitute. Some of the fluids include milk, juice, and smoothie. However, not all liquids are proper substitutes for water, for instance, alcohol.

Alcohol can contribute to dehydration. It is referred to as diuretic because of how quickly you lose water from your kidney through the ureters then the bladder. For this reason, you should always drink water when taking alcohol to compensate for the lost fluids.

How Much Water Should You Take?

The amount of water to drink depends on your body and how thirsty you are. When you are not thirsty, it means your body has enough to keep it going. Your environment will also determine your intake of water. According to Dr. Claude A. Piantadosi, at an average temperature, you can go for 100 hours without water but far less in a hot environment.

Your health condition will also impact your intake of water. If you have kidney problems, it is not advisable to consume too much water as it may cause Edema and high blood pressure. You should consult with your doctor to know how much is safe for you.

Before drinking a glass of water, you should always ask yourself if it is a safe water to drink before drinking it. There is no need to drink water to stay hydrated if it’s going to harm you.

Benefits of Drinking Water

• Your body organs depend on water to perform well. Your kidney needs water to remove water in the body. The cells need water to transport nutrients to the body and transport waste.

• Water helps in weight loss. Do you wonder why weight loss experts advise people to drink water? Well, water does not have calories, so instead of taking beverages that have calories take water.

• Your muscles get energized. If you don’t take enough water, your muscles will not get enough fluids and electrolytes to function adequately.

• Water keeps your skin glowing. Lack of water in the body will cause wrinkles and dry skin, according to Dr. Kenneth M. Ellner, a dermatologist in Atlanta.

Final word

Water is vital for your body to perform its essential functions and live efficiently. If you don’t take water, you will become dehydrated before your body starts to lose the fight then die. This can happen in a couple of days, so you must take water.

However, the amount of water and the frequency of intake will depend on several factors such as health, age, environment, body weight, and whether you consume other fluids.

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