Often we see scenes in movies, depicting a character who just received challenging information or experienced something unexpected, saying, “I need a drink.” Although we are quite familiar with the intended “drink” reference being alcohol, our body is really signaling us to hydrate with water for that “drink” instead. Dehydration has an exponential effect on the stress response and the associated hormones that manage stress. Hydration helps our body do what it knows how to do best-FUNCTION!
Endorphins, cortisol, prolactin, and vasopressin are some of the powerful hormones released when a body is under physical and/or psychological stress. Dehydration alone will trigger the stress response in a body.
As the body enters into any triggered stress mode, it actually needs water to supplement the process of handling stress byproducts and waste material. Those stress hormones work hard and fast and like any good machine, create some waste that needs to be cleaned up. It uses up water to help the situation come to completion. If water is already in high demand elsewhere, or not available, the cycle cannot complete and it is left in this loop that initiates degeneration, dysfunction and even diseased states.
We have enough “stress” in our day-to-day living to trigger this innate response system. Understanding that dehydration not only triggers that powerful system, but also exacerbates it, is reason alone to drink a cup of water every hour of the day.
“A cup of water an hour, gives you stress management power!”