Living in Greenville SC with low back pain? Did you know that the amount of water you drink can impact your back pain? Why?? Well water makes up two thirds of our bodies and is crucial to every single process that goes on inside us. Without enough water in the body your discs, joints, organs, and muscles can’t function properly. This is why we feel a lot better when we drink enough water. This may sound “too simple”, but dehydration can be a contributor to back pain.
If you have read my Spine Anatomy blog post (found by clicking HERE), then you’ll read that our spine has intervertebral discs made up mostly of water. While you’re standing, walking, or sitting, gravity is constantly pushing down on your spine and the discs slowly become dehydrated. At night, when you’re laying down, the disc can rehydrate, but only if your body is properly hydrated.
Signs You are Not Drinking Enough Water:
Dizziness, Tiredness, Dry skin/lips, Headaches, Constipation, Mood Swings, JOINT PAIN, MUSCLE CRAMPS, And more… An easy way to check your hydration level is to take a quick look at your urine. If it’s not light yellow, you may need to drink more water.
What Happens When You Drink More Water:
Less back pain, Feel healthier, Feel more awake and alert (aka less coffee dependent), Feel stronger, Feel more flexible, Clearer skin
Here’s a few easy ways you can help your hydration:
Drink a glass of water when you wake up,
Drink a glass of water before and after every meal,
Keep a water bottle near throughout your day,
Add lemon, fruits, cucumber, etc. to your water to keep your taste buds interested
So there you go! It’s pretty simple, drink more water to help ease aches and pains. Don’t go another day feeling dehydrated. If you want more advice on how to decrease your spine pain, check out my free eBooks (while still available) on the Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine, and Lumbar Spine (currently unavailable).
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