Water for Health Management: Part 1
It’s never too late to start making water your main friend and health ally. Part 1 of incorporating water into your health plan is by just drinking it! Somewhere along the line, humans invented so many, “delicious,” alternatives that we seem to have lost our taste for water. This is an unfortunate circumstance for a populace that is chronically dehydrated. When you don’t hydrate, your body is forced to ration what water it does have, meaning that certain organs, namely the brain, are naturally prioritized over others. Your body simply isn’t working to its full potential when you don’t give it the right inputs. Here is the upside of a diet that includes a recommended daily amount of water (the general rule is 8 glasses, 8 ounces each for about 2L):
- Mental clarity
- Healthy skin
- Better digestive function
- Lubrication of joints
- Improved physical performance, no matter the task.
- Reduced stress levels
From a chiropractor’s perspective, hydration is essential for not only the joints and bones, but also for the functioning of the nervous system. It’s time to put the chemical crutches and sugary sidekicks aside: coffee and alcohol often do more harm than good and the empty calories derived from soda are not helping either. Make a water bottle your friend and consume from it regularly: before you know it, drinking water will be a habit you can’t live without.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.
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