We all have heard numerous tips on how to stay healthy. The most frequently heard one would have to be to drink more water. Our bodies are made up of more than 50 percent water, so you can imagine that if you do not properly hydrate the effect it will have on the way you feel. People who are dehydrated experience headaches, dizziness, and can even faint. Body and back pain can also be another symptom of dehydration.
Dehydration and Back Pain
Back pain occurs because of water being taken from the spinal discs in-between the vertebrae in your spine which causes your back to ache. If these discs do not get proper hydration when you move the spine takes the full shock of these motions which causes pain.
There are small jelly-like discs in your spine which are comprised of approximately 75 percent water. The outer and inner rings are almost entirely water. As you go about your day, these discs release some of their water content, which can cause you to end your day half an inch shorter than when you woke up. These discs rehydrate themselves while you are sleeping, returning you to your full height upon waking. During the day, these discs attempt to maintain hydration but it is not always easy to do in an upright position. The more hydrated you keep your body during the day, the easier this becomes.
If those discs within your spine do not maintain proper hydration, they will not be able to properly support and protect your spine. These discs jobs are to absorb and protect your spine from every shock and movement during the day and from normal wear and tear. If they are not properly functioning, the spine absorbs more stress and this can cause pain, swelling, and potentially bulging discs.
Tips From Our Experts
Here are some tips on how to stay properly hydrated;
- Make sure you consume electrolytes with your water if you are working out
- Keep track of your water intake by downloading and using an app on your phone
- Add some flavoring to make the water less boring like fresh mint or lemon. Try some other creative add-ins.
- Fresh raw fruits and vegetables have a higher water content and adding these to your diet can help you maintain hydration.
- Be aware of the appearance of your urine to check your level of hydration
- Use a reusable water bottle that you like or one that tracks the number of ounces you consume.
- Set a timer on your phone to remind you to drink more water.