Feeling crappy? Maybe it's time to refill your glass with something other than chardonnay...
It's not exactly a secret that you're supposed to drink water every day — 9 to 12 cups, according to Mayo Clinic. After all, water is essential for your body to simply function.
"Water is the most abundant substance in our body," says Leslie Bonci, R.D., founder of Active Eating Advice. "It makes up about 10 to 12 gallons and anywhere from 60 to 70 percent of our body weight. We need water to survive."
But what happens if you don't drink enough water? Do you...not survive?
Don't panic just yet — chances are slim to none that you'll keel over into a puddle of your former self. But Bonci explains that since you already lose two to four cups in urine, two to eight cups in sweat (depending on your workout and lifestyle), one to one and a half cups from simply breathing, and two-thirds of a cup in feces, it's totally imperative to drink enough water — or you might experience some pretty unfortunate issues that, unlike many of life's problems, cannot be resolved with a hearty glass of wine.
1. You Could Become Constipated
You may not want to talk what happens in the bathroom, but, hey, your (literal) shit's important. If you don't drink enough water, going to the bathroom will become a bit painful. So if you notice your stools looking like visibly dry and pellet-like — or you're having trouble passing a bowel movement — drink up!
"Water helps to push things through the digestive tract and helps with the formation of stools and evacuation of the bowels," says Isabel Smith, R.D., founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition, "so not getting enough water can cause your poop to be dry and hard to pass." And that's, well, shitty.