BEAT THE HEAT
In the midst of the scorching summer days, it is vitally important to make sure that you are drinking enough water throughout your day to keep yourself hydrated. Two-third of your body weight is composed of water. That’s 83% of your blood, 75% of muscles, 74% of your brain and 22% of your bone.
Drinking water and water based products; many body functions. It helps in maintaining a balance of body fluids, controlling calories, energizing muscles, keeps your skin looking great, maintains proper kidney function, and aids in normal digestion and bowel function.
Imagine taking a long journey in your car. In order to get from point A to point B, you’d need to put in enough petrol, oil and other fluids to get you there and if you only put in a little, your car would end up overheated and broken down on the side of the road. Now imagine that car is your body, the journey from point A to B is your day, and those fluids you top your car up with are your water intake. If you aren’t drinking enough each day, you can see how you too might wind up overheated or broken down as well.
But how much water should you be drinking?
A good rule of thumb is to figure out your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. This sum is the minimum number of fluid ounces of water you should have each day. Most individuals need between 1 and a half to 2 liters of water as a minimum each day. And this does not include coffee, tea, juices or other beverages. Drinking those other things is ok in moderation, but to see the pure benefits you need to have the water on its own. Some people like to add lemon or other fruits and vegetables to water for flavor and this is ok as long as you avoid adding extra sugar or caffeine.
Why Hydration is important?
Hydration is also important for the health of your spine. The intervertebral discs found in your spine need to be hydrated to provide proper stability and support. If dry, they can eventually tear and lead to disc bulging or herniation. The water you drink during the day helps to refill the discs while you sleep at night, a process called imbibition, so the next day you have proper protection and support for your spine and nervous system. If you have any questions or concerns about your health or the health of your spine, be sure to contact a chiropractor or other qualified health practitioner. Don’t be afraid to get out and enjoy the summer days, but pack plenty of water wherever you may be going.
Dr. Joe Steiner,