One of the most common pieces of health advice is also one of the most simple: drink more water. While some of our daily needs are met through food and other drinks, direct water intake is the most important thing we can do to avoid dehydration and stay health. Water has a number of health benefits in addition to preventing dehydration, and dehydration isn’t where the risks end when we’re not consuming enough water. Not drinking enough water can be related to a number of other health issues, and Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can address any problems related to hydration levels and overall health.
Causes of Dehydration
Both behaviors and health conditions can be related to dehydration, in addition to simply not meeting water intake goals. Some lesser known causes of dehydration may include low-carb diets, high stress, alcohol ingestion, and diabetes. Keeping your body hydrated also becomes harder as you get older, as the ability to feel thirsty often dissipates with age. Large amounts of medications can lead to dehydration as well, and seniors are more likely to ingest more medication, meaning they are the most susceptible to dehydration.
Your Body When Dehydrated
While dehydration can be caused by existing health conditions, it can also lead to other negative health issues. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Once this has occurred, your brain fluid has been shown to decrease, temporarily affecting cell function. Your body notes that it is losing water quickly and therefore tries to retain the water it has in the kidneys, causing you to urinate less. Your blood then becomes thicker and more concentrated, making it harder for your body to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Your body also struggles to maintain a good temperature. With all of these things occurring, it’s no wonder that dehydration can lead to major health problems such as kidney stones, blood clots, and fainting.
Dehydration and Back Pain
Because a dehydrated body is trying to hold on to water, some of the water taken is from the spinal discs located between vertebrae. If these discs aren’t properly hydrated, your spine may take on more shock when your body moves, causing more pain. This is particularly a risk if you are upright for most of the day or sleep-deprived, as sleeping in a horizontal position is when the body most easily replenishes this hydration. When lacking this hydration, the discs cannot properly support your spine, nor can they protect it from wear and tear. This causes a lot of stress on the spine and can cause swelling, pain, and bulging discs.
Choosing safe and natural healthcare methods can both prevent dehydration and help alleviate any issues that have been caused by it. Dr. Grant Lisetor and the staff at Greater Life Chiropractic can help detect changes in your health and assess any needs you may have, including better hydration and overall wellness. Contact Greater Life Chiropractic today to schedule your appointment.
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