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Staying Hydrated for the Health of Your Spine

By Donna Stark

Although it may not be at the top of everyone’s priority list, staying hydrated can’t be stressed enough, and there is certainly no argument over the vital role that it plays within a body’s overall health and wellness. Staying hydrated is essential because every organ, cell, and joint in the body needs water for optimal function. If enough water isn’t consumed or properly replenished, it can cause significant health issues and pain to the body.

Staying properly hydrated is a principal factor in the health of your spine and back as well. In fact, it’s actually one of the main factors that you alone have total control over. And although your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can help maintain the health of your spine, you still need to remember the importance of water consumption.

Signs of Dehydration

Being dehydrated can have serious consequences for your health and can affect your back and joints by causing pain and limiting your ability to move. Here are some signs that it’s time to grab your water bottle and drink up.

  • Cravings - Dehydration can cause hunger, carbohydrate, and sugar cravings. This is often why you may feel hungry when you are actually thirsty or why you crave carbs after a workout. Instead of going for the food and sweets, grab your water and see if that fixes the problem.
  • Bad breath - The drier that you let your mouth become, the easier it is for bacteria to grow and flourish and this will often lead to bad breath. So stop trying to cover the smell with mints and gum … just replenish your body’s water levels.
  • Fatigue - Studies have shown that dehydration can impact a person’s mood and their energy levels. It can cause a person to feel sluggish and constantly tired. If you find that you are feeling this way often, try to skip the coffee and the energy drinks and consume water instead.
  • Joint pain - Lack of hydration is often linked to joint pain and discomfort because the gel-like substance that provides cushion and lubrication in the joints needs water. If you have joint pain that is caused by dehydration, it may take some time before water consumption can make a difference, so don’t put it off any longer than you need to.

Your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic is very knowledgeable and can share many lifestyle tips that will keep your spine healthy and your body hydrated. By seeing your chiropractor regularly, you will be able to maintain the health of your spine and will also begin to notice improvements in many other areas of your health. With more than 400 locations nationwide, The Joint Chiropractic is easy to find. So come on in today, but don’t forget your water for the ride over!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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