Hydration and your spine

Staying hydrated is important no matter what time of year especially if you are a resident of or visiting a tropical location like Puerto Rico. As we spend more time in or around water, we tend to forget to drink enough of it. Humidity can also play a trick on our body as we may feel like we are getting enough water. Here’s why hydration is so important to the health of your spine and flexibility.

Hydration and your spine

Lack of proper hydration impairs the health of the disk, the spine, and even the overall health of your entire body. The health and function of your spine requires proper hydration. The discs in your spine are made up mostly of water. If you are experiencing back problems, your water intake could be the issue, and even if it is not the main issue, proper hydration can reduce the discomfort you are experiencing.

How much water do you need?

Half your body weight in fluid ounces per day is a good general guideline but you will need to take in more when exercising or when it is very hot. Gradually drinking water throughout the day and eating fruits and vegetables, because they also contain water, can help you stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated will help your body regularly replenish and fortify the discs in your spine so that your back remains healthy.

Drinking water also makes you more flexible!

1. Hydrated Muscles are Flexible Muscles

2. Hydration Increases Strength

3. Proper Hydration Lessens Post-Exercise Soreness

4. Hydrated Joints are More Flexible

If you want to stay flexible, stay hydrated!

Chiropractic care at Aviva Family Chiropractic

Misalignments in the spine impact the regular replenishing process of the spine. If the discs are lacking water, it can lead to disc degeneration, instability, and spinal decay. With regular chiropractic adjustments, subluxations are removed, and proper alignment is restored, therefore improving the spine's replenishing process. With regular adjustments, you can help your body absorb water and stay healthy.

As summer gets started, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated and keep up with your regular chiropractic adjustments!

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