When looking for ways to improve overall health, many people overlook an important piece to the puzzle…water.
Our bodies are primarily composed of water (55-60% for the average human adult), and as such, it affects every part of our daily functioning. What you may not be aware of is this: parts of the body especially susceptible to dehydration are spinal discs and cartilage. When spinal discs are dehydrated, the spine is unable to support the body in the way it is designed to. Because of this, a lack of water can lead to back pain – who would have thought?
Water also regulates other vital functions: blood circulation, digestive processes and more. A lack of water can lead to headaches, dehydration, kidney stones, fatigue and much more. Therefore, drinking enough water is essential to optimal functioning.
How much water is enough? Research findings vary, however the Institute of Medicine’s latest suggestion is around 3 liters a day for men, and 2.2 liters per day for women.
Are you getting enough? If not, below are a few tips to increase your water intake:
- Start your day with a large glass of water.
- Make it a habit to take a break each hour at work to walk around (good for stretching) and to grab a cup of water while you’re up.
- Add lemon or other fruit. If you’re not naturally inclined to enjoy a glass of water, add a natural flavor to help.
- Start small. Slowly, increase your intake until the recommended amount is part of your daily routine.
Interested in other ways to naturally increase your overall health? Contact Dr. Scott LeVan at LeVan Chiropractic today!