In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic connections between body hydration and spinal health. Staying properly hydrated impacts numerous areas of the body, and the spine is at or near the top of this list.
At Apollo Chiropractic, our chiropractic treatments and massage therapy services are often focused directly on the spine and its impact on overall bodily health – plus the factors that play a role in it, including hydration. Today’s part two of our series will dig into several other areas of hydration and the spine, including how the spine may be at risk from dehydration, plus how it rehydrates within the body and how much water you should be drinking to ensure both the spine and your body as a whole are getting the proper hydration.
Spinal Issues from Dehydration
We went over the spine’s need for hydration within discs in part one, and there are several risks if these are not properly hydrated. Instead of refilling with water, the discs in the spine remain compressed, which compromises function in several ways.
For starters, the immobility and range of motion are often impacted by discs that cannot properly work. In addition, cerebrospinal fluid will be diminished if the body is dehydrated, stopping it from moving properly and possibly even impacting brain function in the process.
In addition to the above, it’s important to note that the spine isn’t the body’s top priority when it comes to hydration. It prioritizes the vital organs first on both ends of the spectrum: It will pull new water into these areas first when it’s brought into the body, plus will pull water from the spine or other extremities to make up for dehydration in the organs if this begins at any time.
This fact simply underscores the value of proper hydration levels for spine health. The spine will be one of the first areas negatively impacted upon dehydration, so keeping water intake at proper levels is very important, particularly for those with recurring spine or neck issues.
How Much Water is Enough?
Many have heard of the traditional “eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day” rule for water intake, and for many healthy adults this will serve as an adequate benchmark for hydration. However, this will vary significantly between people based on factors like body size, activity level, metabolism and more. One more adaptable format some choose is to drink half their body weight in ounces of water per day – if you weigh 200 pounds, then, you should drink 100 ounces of water per day by this method. This is also an area you may consult with your doctor, chiropractor or another medical professional about.
For more on hydration and the spine, or to learn about any of our chiropractic services or whiplash therapy treatments, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.