Summer has officially arrived! Now more than ever it is an important time to avoid dehydration by drinking enough water.
Our bodies are made up of about 70% water. Human brains are 75% water, bones 25% water and blood is 83% water. Water is important for your body to function properly. When our discs become dehydrated, they lose their ability to do their job as shock absorbers for our spinal column and are more likely to be injured and to degenerate. The term for this is disc desiccation (dehydration) and is often seen and mentioned on MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of the spine. Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water can help relieve back and joint pain.
9 powerful reasons to drink enough water:
1. Weight loss
Dehydration slows down our metabolism. Water is a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar.
2. Heart healthy
Drinking water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
Lack of water is the leading trigger of daytime fatigue. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and joint pain.
4. Headache cure
Headaches are anotherr symptom of dehydration. Often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
5. Healthy skin
Drinking water can clear up your skin. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but after just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water your skin can glow!
6. Digestive problems
Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
8. Cancer risk
Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
9. A Better Workout
Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to lift weights. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise
Goodman Family Chiropractors have served the chiropractic needs of Southern California for over three decades. If your friends or family are having a neck or back issue, please let them know the initial consultation is always no charge; they can reach us today at 805.495.2735.