13 Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration

Most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. To them, dehydration is something that happens to travelers in the desert when they run out of water. But there is a chronic form of dehydration that does not have the sudden and intense nature of the acute form. Chronic dehydration is widespread in the present day and affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid.

This list of 13 symptoms will inspire you to go get a glass of water, and then another, and another …

(After each symptom we will show how lack of fluid affects the issue.)

1. Fatigue, Energy Loss: Dehydration of the tissues causes enzymatic activity to slow down.

2. Constipation: When chewed food enters the colon, it contains too much liquid to allow stools to form properly, and the wall of the colon reduces it. In chronic dehydration, the colon takes too much water to give to other parts of the body.

3. Digestive Disorders: In chronic dehydration, the secretion of digestive juices are less.

4. High and Low Blood Pressure: The body’s blood volume is not enough to completely fill the entire set of arteries, veins, and capillaries.

5. Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers: To protect its mucous membranes from being destroyed by the acidic digestive fluid it produces, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus.

6. Respiratory Troubles: The mucous membranes of the respiratory region are slightly moist to protect the respiratory tract from substances that might be present in inhaled air.

7. Acid-Alkaline Imbalance: Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification.

8. Excess Weight and Obesity: We may overeat because we crave foods rich in water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.

9. Eczema: Your body needs enough moisture to sweat 20 to 24 ounces of water, the amount necessary to dilute toxins so they do not irritate the skin.

10. Cholesterol: When dehydration causes too much liquid to be removed from inside the cells, the body tries to stop this loss by producing more cholesterol.

11. Cystitis, Urinary Infections: If toxins contained in urine are insufficiently diluted, they attack the urinary mucous membranes.

12. Rheumatism: Dehydration abnormally increases the concentration of toxins in the blood and cellular fluids, and the pains increase in proportion to the concentration of the toxins.

13. Premature Aging: The body of a newborn child is composed of 80 percent liquid, but this percentage declines to no more than 70 percent in an adult and continues to decline with age.

Adapted from The Water Prescription, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Christopher Vasey. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Water Prescription, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Inner Traditions 2006).

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Baba N.
Past Member 3 months ago

Arthritis means 'joint inflammation'. All joint surfaces are padded with cartilage, a tissue containing a large amount of water. Cartilage separates the bony surfaces of the joint, allowing the opposing surfaces to glide smoothly.

When cartilage starts to dry out, gliding produces greater friction and shearing stress. The cartilage becomes damaged and sets up a process of inflammation that leads to pain and stiffness.

Jospeh R.
Jospeh R.5 months ago

Thanks to provide awareness about signs of Chronic dehydration, it is easy to steer clear of symptom through this blog. Jim

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen9 months ago

Thank you

Zanne Thanarose
Zanne Thanarose9 months ago

Noted, thank you.

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoni9 months ago


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Cynthia Brickner
Cynthia Brickner9 months ago

WOW. I was not aware of the importance of a sufficient amount of water to our overall health.

Thanks for the info!

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl9 months ago

I´m glad I dont suffer of dehydration, have to drink more than 3 litres of tea, juice or coffed the day because I have to take "water pills" against oedemes from corticoids, but if I don´t manage to drink enough, maybe because I spend the hole morning in a doc´s office, then I get a headache first, then i get dizzy, the blood pressure sinks, these are all signs for me to eventually visit the front of the toilet room and drink some water, as weird as it sounds, otherwise I might lose my conscience!!!

Monica Buchanan
Monica Buchanan9 months ago

Stomach Ulcers - go looking for helicobacter pylori (bacteria) - and parasites (infections)
copper deficiency causes high cholesterol
bacterial infections can cause constipation