How much water have you had today (that wasn’t filtered through coffee grounds?!) Many health problems could be significantly improved if you drank more water. Let’s examine the benefits of hydration for spinal discs, joints, brain health, and overall health.
1. Hydrate Your Spinal Discs!
Spinal discs are the cushions that sit between the vertebrae of the spine. They act as shock absorbers and help to distribute the pressure placed on the spine. When the body is dehydrated, this ability is diminished as the discs shrink, even slightly. This can lead to spinal compression, which can cause back pain, stiffness, and other related issues.
Staying hydrated can help to keep spinal discs healthy and functioning properly. When the body is hydrated, the discs are nice and plump, able to adequately cushion your joints.
In addition to staying hydrated, chiropractic care can also play an important role in maintaining optimal spinal health. Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve spinal alignment, reduce inflammation, and improve nervous system function.
2. Lubricate Your Joints
Joints are the connections between bones in the body. They allow for movement and flexibility. Dehydration can cause joint pain and stiffness. When the body is dehydrated, the joints lose their lubrication, which can cause friction and inflammation.
Staying hydrated can help to keep joints healthy and lubricated. When the body is hydrated, the joints are better able to move and flex without causing pain or stiffness.
3. Water Your Brain
The brain is the control center for the body, responsible for regulating all bodily functions, including movement, sensation, and thought.
But did you know as much as 73% of the brain is WATER? This is why dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and a decrease in cognitive function.
However, as many as 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and it’s a common cause for hospitalization!
So if you’re having trouble thinking clearly, have a headache or aren’t feeling well overall, start with a tall glass of pure water.
10 More Health Benefits of Hydration
Hydration has a wide range of benefits for overall health. These include:
- Increases energy and relief from fatigue
- Promotes weight loss
- Flushes out toxins
- Improves in skin elasticity, firmness, and complexion
- Maintains bowel movement regularity
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces inflammation
- Natural headache remedy
- Prevention of cramps and sprains
- Regulates healthy blood pressure and heart rate
To stay hydrated, it is recommended that you drink half of your weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.
Recent research actually stresses 8 oz of water per hour the first 10 hours of the day for all adults regardless of weight.
Remember, dehydration can be especially dangerous during the hot summer months, particularly in the Midwest where temperatures can soar to extreme levels. This can lead to a range of health issues, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Staying hydrated is CLEARLY crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being!
To stay hydrated, it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Other fluids, such as herbal tea, fruit juice, and coconut water, can also help to hydrate the body. Eating foods that are high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables, can also help to maintain hydration levels.
For an amazing summer, stay hydrated and take care of your spinal discs, joints, brain, and overall health!
Cheers from Connected Life Chiropractic; Dr. Lisa Urrutia
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