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Water Is a Critical Part of Health

By Tom Herrin

One of the most inexpensive things needed for good health is too often neglected.  Water is one thing that far too many people don't get enough of.  In many places, people substitute all kinds of other things for water.  Many drink soft drinks or some other beverage in place of water.  While it is fine to drink other things, they should never be seen as an acceptable replacement for water.  One thing is for certain, neglecting to drink an adequate amount of water can have some serious consequences.  It is necessary for the body to work as it should.

It Helps to Make the Body Perform

Most people recognize the need for drinking water when the temps are higher.  They realize that they must replace that which is lost.  For those who are exerting much effort sweating considerably, it is critical to have a steady replacement of the fluids that are lost.  Dehydration can be serious in a big hurry.  It has been said that losing as little as two percent of the body's water content may be noticeable.  Weakness, confusion, elevated temperature are among some of the common symptoms that too much water has been lost.

It May Play a Part in Headaches

Many people suffer from problems with headaches.  While it may not be associated with all of them, some may be due to a lack of water.  Dehydration may play a much larger role than many people realize in their headaches.  It is certainly worthwhile to make an extra effort to be sure that water is consumed on a regular basis throughout the day.  For those who suffer headaches, it may be a good idea to record the times they drink water and see if there may be a correlation.

It May Help in Weight Management

Many of us can probably remember the Stillman Water Diet.  Dr Stillman appeared on all kinds of talk shows advocating the diet.  It was really a common sense program based on drinking quite a bit of water 30 minutes or so before meals.  Not only did it fill people up, but it likely also satisfied that need that so many feel as hunger when, in fact, it may be due to dehydration.  I know for a fact that when I am seriously trying to reduce my weight, I am much more successful when I make sure to drink an extra amount of water.  Assess your own intake and decide if you drink enough.  Drinking more water may be one of the simplest changes you can make for your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntersville, N.C.

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