What Can Water Do For Your Spine?
Why continue to deprive yourself of H2O?
Americans, as a whole, are chronically dehydrated. Despite our better intentions, we often choose caffeinated, sweet drinks over boring old H2O; by doing so, we neglect to provide our body with the water it needs to succeed. What are we foregoing when we don’t hydrate sufficiently?
- Cells can’t repair as efficiently
- Your heart has to work harder to get oxygen to the muscles
- Waste and toxin-removal processes in the body are hampered
- Joints dry out and lose range of motion, causing pain
These bullet points are just the tip of the iceberg. Chronic dehydration can become so engrained in our lifestyle that we establish it as the new baseline for normal. This is dangerous because of the unquanitifable long-term effects of dehydration on our bodies. Read on to find out about the importance of water in spinal health.
Hydration for spinal health
A general rule of thumb is 1 oz. of water per pound of body weight, and more depending on your level of activity. This is the baseline level of hydration necessary for cellular function and bodily prosperity. Here is how your spine benefits from getting the right amount of H2O:
- Improved range of motion in the spinal joints
- Improved cellular function means faster repair and less pain
- Less risk for injury
- Less spinal degeneration
Don’t force your spine to operate with a water shortage!
The power of hydration from a spinal perspective
Hydration is the easiest way you can start improving your spinal health for the better. Get a water bottle and keep it with you at all times, using it to replenish hydration levels throughout the day. We are willing to bet that you will feel better across the board. From cognitive function to spinal health, water helps you feel less pain, move better and think more clearly. For more ideas on how to improve your wellbeing, give our office In Westwood a call to schedule an appointment today.
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