Most often when a patient visits our office with complaints of fatigue, lower back pain, and headaches, we initially ask them to drink water. While this may seem like a strange request, these are common symptoms of moderate and mild dehydration. Water and liquids are very different, some people drink juice, sodas, and other flavored drinks but seldom a simple glass of water. A large number of adults drink far less water on a daily basis than they should, which can result in chronic dehydration, which is detrimental to one’s health in the long term.
How Water Affects the Body
When we don’t get enough water, all of the cells and organs in our body are negatively impacted. Our heart also suffers since it has to work twice as hard to circulate blood and our liver takes longer to filter and break down impurities that enter our bloodstream. Our muscles are another great consumer of water, when our bodies don’t get enough, cramps, soreness and stiffness are a common result.
When you don’t drink enough water, and your body becomes dehydrated, lower back pain isn’t far away. There are discs in your spine that are made of a jelly-like substance that acts as a cushion between the bones of your spine absorbing the majority of the weight and impact your spine encounters. These jelly discs are formed mostly of water so when you deprive your body of this essential fluid, you are preventing your spine from getting the proper fluid it needs to cushion your spinal bones. As you go about your day, your regular motions deplete the water in these discs, when you rest overnight if you have enough water in your body, those discs are rehydrated. Lack of sufficient water means they are under-hydrated, or not replenished at all which leads to health issues over time. Common ailments caused by lack of proper hydration are sciatica, bulging discs, and chronic lower-back pain. Though dehydration is not the only cause of these issues, it is the most common, and the easiest to prevent.
How to Stay Properly Hydrated
Staying properly hydrated is easier than you may think. Simply dividing your body weight by two, and the resulting number is the number of ounces of water you should consume on a daily basis for optimal hydration. People that suffer from chronic dehydration may need as long as three months to bring their body back to normal hydration levels, so if you are behind, you have to take special care to ensure that you remain properly hydrated.
If you are one of those people who get bored drinking plain water, Pro Motion Healthcare has a few tasty suggestions to help you stay hydrated all year long. Adding lemon or cucumber to your water bottle will give your H20 a unique flavor while also packing in some helpful antioxidants for your daily routine. Pitting a bit of mint and a squeeze of lime is a great way to perk up your water and give yourself an energy boost every time you take a sip. Adding fruits such as blueberries, oranges, raspberries or cherries are a great way to flavor your water while also getting some extra vitamins in to boost your skins healthy glow.
Pro Motion Healthcare is always here to offer advice to help reduce back pain and stay hydrated. If you need more information, feel free to call us at 705-315-0111 today.