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How Dehydration Can Cause Shortness of Breath and Other Issues

Dehydration is associated with respiratory issues. Learn how drinking enough water helps to maintain respiratory health and prevent dehydration-related symptoms.

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By Marianne Rocha Taglione
Davor Štefanović - Editor for Mayu Water
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated June 12, 2023.

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Imagine going through your day with a parched throat, a dull headache, and unshakeable fatigue. These are tell-tale signs of dehydration, a surprisingly common that particularly affects the elderly. Alarmingly, dehydration can also precipitate serious medical issues, including those that target our respiratory system.

So, how does this everyday condition affect our breathing and overall respiratory health? Let's find out!

The Role of Water in Our Body and the Consequences of Dehydration

Water plays an integral role in our bodies, maintaining cell balance, aiding in the transport and excretion of substances, facilitating biochemical reactions, and regulating body temperature.

Dehydration sets in when our body loses more water than it receives. We lose water daily via the skin, lungs, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract, making adequate water consumption essential for organ function and preventing dehydration.

Notably, dehydration can exacerbate medical conditions, including those of the urinary, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems, and is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality.

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One consequence of dehydration is low blood pressure, which can manifest as dizziness, nausea, fatigue, blurry vision, and even shock, making it a frequent cause of hospital admissions.

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How Dehydration Affects the Respiratory System

Dehydration can have a profound impact on our respiratory system. It can lead to bronchoconstriction, affecting our breathing capability and potentially inducing respiratory issues. Here are some ways dehydration may affect your respiratory health:

  • Difficulty breathing: Adequate hydration is vital for the proper functioning of our lungs and airways. Water moistens our nasal passages, lungs, and bronchial tubes, and is expelled when we breathe out. Dehydration can disrupt this process, leading to hypotension and lactic acidosis—conditions associated with breathing difficulties.
  • Dizziness and shortness of breath: Dehydration can cause blood pressure to drop, leading to symptoms like dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and confusion.
  • Chest pain: In a dehydrated state, the heart may struggle to pump blood, potentially causing palpitations, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
  • Congestion: Dehydration can thicken the mucus in your sinuses, making it difficult to expel and worsening congestion. Regular water consumption can help keep mucus moving and prevent this issue.

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Why Your Lungs Need Hydration

Inside our lungs, a thin layer of mucus serves as a protective barrier against infection and foreign particles. This mucus contains water and various substances with protective and antioxidant properties.

Dehydration can thicken this mucus lining, making it difficult to breathe and potentially increasing the risk of respiratory diseases and allergies. Moreover, dehydration can alter water movement to the airways, potentially leading to symptoms like shortness of breath, particularly in individuals with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

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Promoting Respiratory Health with Structured Water

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Ensuring proper hydration is a primary strategy to mitigate the risk of respiratory problems. But not all water is equal. Structured water, with its higher vibrational charge, offers enhanced hydration benefits compared to regular tap or bottled water. It helps detoxify the body due to its chemical-free nature and high purity, similar to the uncontaminated water found in glaciers.

Mayu Swirl allows you to prepare structured water at home. It's designed to provide a healthier alternative to tap or bottled water and potentially offers added benefits to your body.

Drawing a Breath of Fresh Water

Dehydration is a common, yet often overlooked, condition that can significantly affect respiratory health. By staying properly hydrated, we can help maintain the health of our respiratory system and potentially stave off related medical conditions.

Whether you choose tap water, bottled water, or structured water solutions like Mayu Water, the crucial thing is to keep your body well-hydrated throughout the day.

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