5 reasons staying hydrated helps with back pain
This may seem trivial, but the answer really does matter. More than 50 percent of your body is composed of water, yet most adults still drink far less water than they should to remain hydrated. With the sun warming up the temperature, it’s easy to see why dehydration and sun-related injuries spike during the summer months. You may not realize it, but proper water intake can even minimize your risk for back pain. Read on to learn more.
Nerves – Nothingin your body works independently, and the nervous system is perhaps the most integral system of all. Nerves work as information specialists – transmitting information about every function of the body. But nerves are largely composed of liquid, and without water, they can’t function properly.
Muscles – More than most body systems, lack of water can directly impact how well you move and control your muscles, which are 75 percent water. When dehydration starts to occur, your muscles begin cramping because they can’t function without necessary hydration. Cramping or even a low daily intake of water can increase your risk for injury and pain.
Energy – Most people know that exercise is key for back pain prevention and management. But without water, you’ll be depriving your body of the most essential ingredient needed to exercise properly. Doctors recommend that you drink 8-10 glasses of water daily, but if you do 30 or more minutes of a vigorous activity (yes, even walking!) you should drink an additional 1-2 glasses of water to replenish what you may have lost.
Joints – Remember singing how the “leg bone is connected to the knee bone?” Well, all of those connections are made possible by joints, which need water to function properly. Just like the engine of a car, joints need to stay lubricated in order to work. And don’t forget that the vertebrae of your spine are special types of joints as well; they need water to keep your discs functioning properly. If your discs slip or lose their flexibility due to lack of water, you will quickly feel the painful result.
Waste management – While the digestive system certainly needs water to work, every system of the body has its own mechanisms for flushing out toxins, chemicals, and other harmful substances. For instance, without hydration, your muscles wouldn’t be able to fully rid themselves of lactic acid buildup, which can contribute to pain, stiffness, and soreness after exercise.
So to keep your risk of back pain to a minimum, consider all of the components working to keep your body healthy and, most of all, drink up!