People do not need food as much as they do water. In fact, they can survive quite a long time without it depending on many factors. History has shown that people can go on for weeks without eating anything. Indian leader Gandhi once fasted for three weeks. According to medical experts’ people can survive without food for up to two months, as long as they have enough to drink. If you are strong and in good physical shape you are likely to survive longer because of the body stores fat, carbohydrates and other forms of energy. That is why fatter people can survive longer.
Surviving without food also depends on how fast a person burns food. Those who use up food energy faster will probably not survive if those who burn food more slowly. Climate also plays an important role in survival. Cold weather makes you use up more energy. A hot climate allows you to go on longer without replacing food.
Eating too little for a long time causes your body to react in some special ways. It may lead to physical weakness or confusion. After many weeks without food, your body organs can fail one after the other.
Living without water is a very different story. We constantly lose water through sweat, urine, breathing and other activities. If it is very hot your body can dehydrate within a matter of hours. The water and minerals the body loses must be replaced so that our organs can work as they should. Water helps us cool down in the heat; otherwise, we would suffer from a heat stroke. Doctors also tell us to drink a lot when we are ill and have a fever.
Dehydration can lead to many illnesses, from too little urine to a dry mouth, a fast heartbeat or even vomiting. The shock comes at the end of dehydration. The body becomes cool and blood pressure goes down rapidly.
Doctors recommend drinking one to three liters of water a day, depending on the climate and how much you sweat or exercise. You should never go on without water for a day or more.Leave a reply →