If you get adjusted at our office, you know that Dr. Wood and his staff are always talking about staying hydrated. But why is it so vital to your chiropractic experience to drink water?
The human body is made up of over 70% water, and if you aren’t properly hydrated, your body will feel the negative effects of dehydration. The spinal discs/cushions in your spine are 80% water. If you aren’t drinking enough, the vital organs cannot function properly, including your filtration organs (kidney, liver, bladder and digestive tract). If your body cannot filter out the toxins from your body properly, you will feel more lethargic, sluggish, and generally worn down. You may also notice you aren’t sleeping as well, your skin has more blemishes, you feel constipated, and your hair and nails may be duller.
TOP 10 SIGNS ON HOW TO TELL IF YOU ARE DEHYDRATED:
- Dry skin
- Dark urine
- Muscle cramps
- Bad Breath
- Dry Eyes/Blurry Vision
You know how important it is to stay hydrated, but you also know it isn’t always so easy. Make a goal for yourself to consume at least a 1/2 ounce of water per pound that you weight. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, try to consume 70 ounces of water throughout the day. The health of your spine depends on it!
TIPS ON HOW TO STAY HYDRATED:
- Keep water on hand throughout the day
- Consume electrolytes when exercising or spending long periods of time outdoors
- Add fresh fruit or herbs to your water to make it more appealing
- Load up on fresh raw fruits and vegetables
- Monitor your urine
- Buy a reusable water bottle with a design you enjoy so you will want to carry your water bottle with you and you can feel good about a positive environmental contribution
- Set a timer or download an app to keep track of you water intake
Let’s all make an effort to drink more water! Especially after your adjustment, to help flush out the toxins to let your body heal and repair itself. Find a method that works best for you! Your body will thank you!
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