The health of your spine is heavily dependent on proper hydration. Spinal discs are composed primarily of water, which helps maintain their shape and function properly. When we become dehydrated, our bodies are unable to replenish the water within our spinal discs, causing them to become compressed, leading to pain and discomfort. As we age, our discs become less efficient at rehydrating themselves, making it even more important for older individuals to stay properly hydrated.
Dehydration can significantly increase the risk of disc damage and other complications of the spine, like premature aging and degenerative disc disease. Additionally, dehydrated discs can lead to limited mobility, pain, and an increased risk of back injury.
If you are worried you are not getting enough water, try these 5 simple tips to keep you hydrated and support your spinal health.
- Drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The easiest rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces.
- Avoid sugary or caffeinated beverages, which can contribute to dehydration.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, as these foods contain high amounts of water.
- Incorporate low-impact exercises like walking or swimming, which can help increase your mobility.
- Get adjusted! Adjustments help fix subluxations, or misalignments, which may impair the nutrient supply to the disc and the body’s ability to absorb water.
As summer enters the home stretch, remember that heat pulls water from your body. Make sure you are getting enough water, and make sure to make your chiropractic visits so you’ll be able to absorb it to the greatest degree for your overall health!