Can Dehydration Slow Your Metabolism?

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By Karen McNew McGuire on February 3, 2017

Fact Check: Dehydration slows metabolism. 

True or false?

Most of us try to make an effort to drink more water because we know it is good for us, but did you know that being dehydrated can also slow your metabolism? Yes, it is true. Clifford Nottingham, M.D., a Carilion Clinic Family Medicine physician explains in this week's Fact Check.

"Water is needed for cellular metabolism and in its absence, the metabolic functions slow down," he said.

Staying hydrated also helps your body eliminate waste more efficiently, keeps your temperature in a normal range, lubricates and cushions your joints and protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues in your body. In other words, water is an essential nutrient that your body needs to function at its best, so drink up!

I used to hate drinking water until I started carrying a water bottle regularly. It was much more accessible and I noticed that I felt better.

Check out some of these tips from the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention) to help you up your daily water intake:

  • Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
  • Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles for ice-cold water all day long.
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Substituting water for just one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
  • Choose water when eating out to save calories and money too!
  • Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water to add a little flavor.

Cheers to staying healthy and hydrated!