Are You Dehydrated?

There is a seldom-mentioned link between dehydration and stress that can hurt both your health and your bones. Did you know that about 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration? The discs between the vertebrae in your spine contain a great deal of water! They maintain their height and “plumpness” via absorption of water. To help slow disc degeneration make sure you are always well hydrated. Your health depends on it.

Every single organ in the human body needs water to function properly. We’re made of over 70% water so even minimal dehydration triggers damaging changes that are actually the same as our body’s response to stress. The body reacts to stress by producing, among other things, the hormone cortisol, which can have serious, long-term effects on our bodies.

Symptoms of Dehydration:
• Headache
• Dry mouth
• Constipation
• Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
• Thirst
• Fatigue
• Muscle cramps or spasms
• Heart palpitations
• Very dark urine
• Decreased urine output

Another way to tell if you might be dehydrated it so to pinch the skin on the back of your hand and pull it upwards. Your skin should snap back rapidly. If your skin maintains it’s pinched shape for a few seconds and drops slowly, you could be dehydrated. (Age would also affect this.)

Besides helping to keep your cortisol levels at bay, there are many other the benefits to staying fully hydrated. Dehydration can lead to pain and inflammation in joints. Water deficiency can also cause kidney stones, constipation, migraines, ulcers, and more. Staying hydrated keeps your skin cells plump so that your skin appears smoother, giving you a more youthful appearance. It can also help your weight loss efforts by acting as a natural appetite suppressant.

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, since thirst is a sign of dehydration. Instead, drink water throughout the day. Sipping, as opposed to gulping, helps your body retain water and won’t overload your kidneys. You can even try adding a few drops of lemon juice to add a little flavor to the water and help alkalize the body.

How Much Water Should You Drink?

Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water per day. You can vary your water intake by 20% in either direction, depending on your activity level. If you are extremely active, you should try to increase your water intake.

Lewis Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center has always been on the forefront in prevention. We offer the latest technology in our Westminster, MD office to keep you healthy without the drug and surgeries so many would like to avoid. With Bio-Wellness we now offer Bioscan, a technology that finds imbalances in body function and helps find corrective measures. It’s 21st Century healthcare! Call 410-876-8885 today to schedule a Bioscan, or ask us about it during your next chiro appointment.