Hydration is Important for Optimal Spinal Health

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Hydration is Important for Optimal Spinal Health

Are You Hydrated?

The human body is comprised of 60 to 65% water. Every organ in our body needs water to work properly. This includes the spine.

Good spinal health is dependent on hydration. Dehydration can cause limited mobility, pain, and decrease flexibility. It can cause rapid aging of the spine itself and that will impact the entire body negatively.

Your spine is made of vertebrae that are held together by small joints. There is a disc between each vertebra that cushions it like a shock absorber. This cushion allows the spine to flex and bend without bone rubbing on bone which would be very painful.

Every disc has a fluid center encased by a flexible ring. The gelatinous substance in the center of that disc is mostly water and that water is padding the bones that support your entire body. When you get dehydrated these pads deflate and your spine cannot do its job properly. Problems can develop if this state remains.  

If you add dehydration to aging and a sedentary lifestyle it complicates the process even more. The older we get the more difficult it is to rehydrate those discs, so it is in your best interest to always stay hydrated.

Even if you aren’t thirsty – Drink water daily

As you move about your day discs of the spine are compressed and water is squeezed out. Even if you aren’t doing anything actively gravity can cause spinal compression. When there isn’t enough water, the risk of injury increases. You may not notice the typical signs of dehydration such as lethargy, headache, or brain fog, but your body still feels the effects.

What to consume and what not to

Avoid caffeinated beverages like sodas, energy drinks, and coffee, because they act as a diuretic expelling water. Stick with water, herbal teas, soups, watermelon, lettuce, spinach, and coconut water.

Staying hydrated is a simple key to good health

If you experience frequent back pain, you might be dehydrated. The fix is simple and easy to try. Just consume more water and hydrating foods. Give it a try and see if you feel a difference. There is no downside and your whole body will thank you.

At the office of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates we have dedicated ourselves to restoring and maintaining your health. Come see us for chiropractic, massage, nutrition, and overall wellness. www.KasterChiropractic.com 239-332-2555 Fort Myers, Florida.



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