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Your Body's Silent Cry For Water

Man drinking bottled waterEach time we take a breath, perspire or eliminate waste through our kidneys or bowels, we release water. This water needs to be replaced constantly so that we do not become dehydrated.

Since our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water, rehydrating by drinking plenty of water every day is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function properly.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

  • detoxifies our blood and organs
  • improves our digestion and kidney function
  • increases our immune function, and nourishes the brain
  • lubricates and cushions our joints
  • improves sleep and increases energy
  • keeps the body’s temperature normal

How Much is Enough?

You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses [about two litres] of water a day.” That’s easy to remember, and it’s a reasonable goal. This should be spaced out over 12 to 16 hours in a day.

Most healthy people can stay hydrated by drinking water and other liquids such as herbal teas whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, especially those with a more sedentary lifestyle, fewer than eight glasses a day might be enough.

What you eat also provides a significant portion. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are almost 100% water by weight.

Some signs that you need to drink more water include darker coloured urine or no urine for extended periods of time; an inability to perspire during or after a workout; dull headaches; cramped muscles.

Additional Factors That Could Affect Hydration Levels

Climate: Hot or humid weather can make you perspire more, requiring you to increase your fluid intake. Dehydration also can occur at high altitudes because you will lose lots of water through your lungs even if you do not perspire.

Physical Activity: Any strenuous activity that makes you perspire will require you to drink extra water to replace lost fluids. It is vital to drink before, during and after a workout.

Health: Your body loses fluids when you have a fever, diarrhea or are vomiting. Other conditions that could require increased fluid intake include bladder and urinary tract infections.

Pregnancy or breast-feeding: Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding need to make sure that they are drinking plenty of additional fluids to stay hydrated.

Staying Hydrated After Your Chiropractic Adjustment

When Dr McLaughlin or Dr Paradis does an adjustment, your body is put into proper alignment, reducing the stress on your spine, and the healing process begins.

Drinking water after the adjustment will help to eliminate toxins from your body more quickly. Staying hydrated will also nourish the discs between the vertebrae, keeping your spine healthy and flexible.

Adding water to your routine every day, along with your regular chiropractic adjustments at Hazeldean Family Chiropractic Clinic, is important for your overall health and wellness. By combining the two, you can reduce the likelihood of injuries or illnesses.

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