The human body is more than 65% water, so it makes sense that staying hydrated is important for our bodies to function properly. Drinking enough water each day helps keep the body temperature down, lubricates the joints, and ensures the organs are functioning properly. Although we can get some of our water consumption through the food we ingest, it is essential to drink fluids throughout the day.
According to research findings in Nutrition Reviews, dehydration has been shown to have numerous physiological effects. Some examples:
The Damage of Being De-hydrated
Do you know that you are putting your spine and joints at risk every time you are dehydrated? If you are dehydrated, your body has to find hydration somewhere and begins to pull it out of some of your joints. Dehydration also prevents proper nutrients from entering the discs – the shock absorbers of your spine.
Impairment of the discs and the spine can lead to pain. One solution is chiropractic care. If indicated by your chiropractor’s physical assessment, manual adjustments reduce subluxations (out-of-position vertebrae in your spine). Proper alignment allows your brain to communicate optimally with your body’s cells, organs, and tissues. The result is improved joint mobility, reduced pain, and improved nerve function.
Know the Signs of Poor Hydration
It is important to recognize symptoms of dehydration, which can include:
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to stay hydrated throughout the day:
CUKC Chiropractic Health Center
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC), founded in 1922, is a private, nonprofit, chiropractic and health science-focused university in Overland Park, Kansas. The CUKC on-campus Chiropractic Health Center is open to the public and treats patients from Kansas City’s 15-county metro area. Our goal is to provide care and solutions for a better, more productive life for our patients.