What a great example nature sets for us as we witness the miracle of beautiful flowers, blooming trees, and green grass that the spring rains bring! Water is vitally important for nature and our physical bodies are no exception. Let’s look closer into why water is so important to us (especially for our spinal joints!), and discuss some helpful hints for easily working in more water throughout the day without it feeling like a chore. So grab a glass of water and read on!
Water and the Human Body
Water comprises about 50 to 70% of our body weight. Breaking it down even further, water makes up 25% of your bones, 75% of your brain, 80% of your muscles, and 85% of your blood. Those are some incredible numbers! Water is also critical for metabolism, waste removal, blood circulation and regulation of body temperature.
Signs of Dehydration
The signs of mild to moderate dehydration are well known: headaches, fatigue, dizziness, muscle cramps, dry mouth and dry skin to name a few. Even more sobering are the signs from extreme dehydration: irritability, confusion, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, and low blood pressure. It goes without saying that you can’t be at your best when you’re dehydrated, and in extreme cases it can be extremely harmful to your health. (Humans can only survive for mere days without water!)
Water and Your Spine
Have you ever wondered how proper hydration might affect your spine specifically? There are cushioning discs between the vertebrae in your spine which absorb shock and help with the movement of your spine. At birth, these intervertebral discs are composed of 80% water. Without proper hydration, your discs cannot do their job. You may even notice that your back pain increases when you are dehydrated. Getting enough water into your body will improve the outcome of your chiropractic care and ultimately your overall quality of life.
Tips for Increased Hydration
Always have water available to you wherever you are!
We hope this blog will serve as a reminder for you to develop the simple daily habit of getting enough water into your body! It’s the little habits done consistently that have the greatest affect on your health.
Yours in health,
Dr. Derek & Marisol Haughton