The importance of hydrating your body
By Channing King
Are you adequately hydrated? Though our bodies are composed mostly of water, many people still walk around dehydrated. This dehydration can lead to loss of energy and a myriad of other health problems. We need to make sure we have this area covered. This time, let’s talk about what we can do to keep our bodies hydrated and how much fluid our bodies really need.
I’m sure you’ve heard the advice that everyone should have eight glasses of water a day. Isn’t that what we’re all told? Eight glasses a day is a good start for most people. However, there is a way to be more specific to your unique needs. You can be more specific and attentive to your own fluid intake needs by drinking water according to your weight. To determine how much water you should be drinking, take your body weight, divide it by two, and drink that many ounces of water each day. If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water. Be careful not to drink more than 100 ounces in a day. It’s possible to drink too much water and thus, dilute minerals in your body.
While trying to stay hydrated, it’s important to drink the right kinds of fluids. You may not realize it, but some beverages actually contribute to dehydration. Some of these types of drinks include soft drinks, tea and coffee. You don’t have to completely eliminate these drinks from your diet, though it’s important to limit them. Also, if you do drink some of these beverages, make sure you add some extra water into your day to make up for them. Over time, you can program your body to desire less artificial beverages.
Lastly, in order to stay hydrated, you need to try to drink clean water. It’s amazing to see all the pollutants that have gotten into our water systems, including medications. This can be very unhealthy for you. This calls for you drinking some type of filtered water. This all helps in getting your body healthy and hydrated.
Many patients I see have bodies that are not hydrated. This affects their spines and nervous systems. I hope you have been inspired to stay hydrated.