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DOCTORS SAY MOST PEOPLE ARE CHRONICALLY DEHYDRATED AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT!

Here is what a tele-doctor has to say about it!

It’s a well-known fact that approximately 60% of the human body comprises of water. It might sound like a high percentage, but what this really means is that water either exists as the basic component of our cellular structure or serves as a medium through which various body functions operate at an optimal level. The cells, tissues and organs all need water to not only survive but thrive and water provides the most favorable environment. 

Even though people know that water consumption is important and has so many benefits there is still much confusion as to how much they should drink, how often they should drink and they even ask their doctors what kind of water they should drink! If you want to ask a healthcare professional about how much water your body requires, book a tele-appointment with doctor and get answers without leaving home! Even though experts have different opinions on this, it is safe to say that an average human being needs around 12 glasses of water per day. That’s around 2 liters or half a gallon. 

During my tele-appointments patients ask me why drinking water is so important. Here’s what you need to know.

We will stick to basic and easy to understand information that you can hopefully apply to your life and benefit from directly. As stated previously, more than half of our bodies consist of water. Two-thirds of the total body water lies inside the cells while one-third remains outside the cells, more specifically in the space between the cells. 

Inside the cells, water acts as the perfect medium for different cellular functions like growth, nutrition and various enzymatic activities. The water in the inter-cellular space facilitates transfer of chemicals and the exchange of other molecules in and out of the cell. 

If you have more questions, note them down, connect with an online physician by booking a tele-appointment with doctor right now. Just download an online doctor app and sign up! 

Do you know the exact breakdown of water inside the body? 

  1. 3 Liters of water accounts for blood plasma
  2. 1 Liter makes up the transcellular fluid like the fluid around your brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid), and around your lungs, eyeballs, abdominal cavity and joints.
  3. 10 Liters is attributed to the water in between the cells and lymph. 

Some health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, hormonal disorders and kidney problems, can cause an imbalance in water distribution. If you think you have a health condition that might affect your hydration status talk to your doctor about it. A quick way of doing that would be to request a tele-appointment with doctor through an online doctor app. Skip the waiting room and get expert medical advice at home. 

Check out some more fun facts!

  • The amount of water in your body depends on how old or young you are. Newborns inevitably have more water compared to an adult above the age of 50 years. 
  • The quantity of water varies from organ to organ. Examples of water-rich organs include brain, lungs, liver and heart and kidneys. While other structures in the body like bones, contain less water (around 33%). 
  • Water affects how much you weigh. Some people with water retention may weigh more than people who don’t. 
  • Muscular individuals have more water in their body than those with more fat. 

At my last tele-appointment, a patient asked me what happens if you don’t drink enough water. This is what I told her.

When your whole body requires water to for the most basic functions like temperature regulation, detoxification, blood pressure control and digestion, an inadequate amount will obviously lead to health complications like constipation, kidney stones, high blood pressure, headaches and low energy levels just to name a few. If you feel tired most of the time, your tongue is dry or you feel thirsty often you might want to check your water intake. Talk to your doctor about why drinking water is so important for the body. Why wait hours at a hospital to do that when you can book a tele-appointment with doctor and virtually ‘see’ a doctor without having to physically see one! 

Signs and symptoms of dehydration you should look out for

  • muscle fatigue 
  • dizziness 
  • headaches 
  • nausea

 In more severe cases you may also feel muscle cramping, a rapid heart rate and decreased performance level. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. Don’t bother scheduling a conventional doctor’s appointment, connect with one by booking a tele-appointment with doctor with just a few clicks. 

Why is getting a tele-appointment with a doctor is a good idea?

As an e-doctor I get asked this question a lot. As a practitioner I find that most patients at the clinic come in with minor health conditions and more often are there for expert medical advice, guidance or second opinions. With so many telemedicine programs out there, and the fact that everyone has a smartphone now it is convenient for both the doctor and patient to connect online. It saves time, money and lets us physicians prioritize more serious patients that require in-clinic visits. 

If you have more health related questions and want quick answers, download an online healthcare app and schedule a tele-appointment with doctor on your phone and try it out. Tele-appointments are a great way to keep track of your health more frequently.

The most important benefits of drinking water

  1. Helps shed those extra pounds!

Consuming 2 liters of water in a day increases the amount of energy you release by almost 100 calories!  Drinking an adequate amount of water helps you lose weight, particularly if you drink at least 2 glasses of water before meals. That ‘full’ feeling will make you eat less. One research shows that people who consumed half a liter of water before meals ended up losing more weight over a span of 3 months than those who didn’t!   You can ask an online doctor how much water your body requires by getting a tele-appointment with doctor through an online health service. 

  1. Improves energy levels

Patients often complain of lethargy and feeling ‘drained’ throughout the day. They are otherwise healthy but still feel tired most of the time. While there are many medical reasons for fatigue and lethargy, one of the most common is dehydration. People often think of dehydration as a feeling of extreme thirst. That’s not the case. Even mild dehydration may manifest as fatigue, mood swings, anger and confusion. Drinking water will correct those water levels and you are most likely to see rapid improvement of symptoms. If that is not the case you should see the doctor so other medical reasons can be ruled out. You can access a healthcare provider by using an online doctor app and requesting a tele-appointment with doctor.

  1. Revitalizes the gut

Constipation is one of the most common complaints I come across. Patients complain of irregular bowel habits that are painful and simply disconcerting. People develop constipation when the stool inside the colon and rectum becomes hard and dry. This happens when there is water insufficiency or a lack of fiber in the diet. While stool softeners and fiber capsules may help, the more simple and effective way to regularize your bowel habits is to increase your water intake, include fiber in your diet and increase your activity level! In case of chronic or painful constipation consult your doctor or get a tele-appointment with doctor online. 

Why a tele-appointment with doctor can be so helpful 

A few clicks on your phone and you get instant answers to health related queries! If that’s a tool you don’t want to use to make life easier than I don’t know what is. Download the My live doctors telemedicine app on your smartphone and book a tele-appointment with doctor for expert medical advice and guidance.