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Give Your Spine a Drink

By Donna Stark

Whether we hear it from a family member, a doctor, a trainer, or a social media influencer, one of the most common health tips ever given is to drink the recommended amount of water. And while it may be easy to see why certain parts of the body need their water replenished every day, it may be more difficult to see that with others. In fact, you may not even realize that the health of one of those other parts, your spine, is very dependent on the amount of water you consume. Here's what your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to know about your spine and adequate hydration.

Give Your Spine a Drink!

Are you wondering why water is so important to the health of your spine? Well, it all has to do with your spinal discs! Contrary to popular belief, your spine is not just bone. There is actually a lot of water in those discs, and that water is needed to absorb any shock. It's also needed for your spine's flexibility and its ability to support the weight of your body.

It's important to drink the recommended amount of water every day because the water in these discs is slowly released throughout the day. And over time, if the water is not replaced, you may end up dealing with significant pain, injury, or challenging health conditions.

How to Tell if You Are Dehydrated

If you want to stay on top of your hydration, take the time to figure out how much water you should be consuming each day. You can either follow the general recommendation or you can ask your doctor for advice. No matter what you do, make sure you know the following signs of dehydration though. It's good practice to keep these in mind.

  • Dry skin 
  • Bad breath 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision 
  • Headaches

Perking Up the Flavor

If water isn't a favorite beverage of yours, try to make it more interesting so you won't have any issues reaching your desired amount. You can add flavor by infusing it with fruit, tossing in some mint leaves, or pouring it over lemon juice ice cubes. You can also make it easier to reach your goal by carrying a refillable water bottle around with you.

Learn More at The Joint Chiropractic

Of course, if you want to learn more about the health of your spine, you can always pop in to visit your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They are always around to answer any questions you might have.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wentzville, Mo. 

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