Keep it Cool: Summer Hydration
As temperatures slowly but surely climb and we spend more of our day on outside activity, it’s time to remind ourselves of the importance of hydration. Fluids are essential for the proper function of every single system of your body. According to a recent Harvard medical study, the average person needs 30-50 ounces of water a day to maintain a healthy body. Surprisingly, the Mayo clinic reports caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea don’t actually increase your risk of dehydration . However, caffeine can contribute to headaches or disruption of your sleep patterns, so water is still the healthiest choice of beverage. Water not only helps to keep your body cool, but also carries nutrients through your blood, carries toxins out of your body, protects your organs and spinal cord, and lubricates your joints.
Some tips to make sure you drink enough water throughout the day:
- Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning and before every meal
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you to work or in the car so you always have water on hand
- Include foods in your diet that hydrate, such as watermelon, tomatoes, or leafy greens
- Drink water before and after exercise, and any prolonged time spent in the sun
Chiropractic Physicians particularly recommend hydration before and after any bodywork, as it helps to flush out toxins and makes your regular chiropractic adjustments easier. So whether you’re playing in the sun or relaxing in the air conditioning, make water your best friend all year round.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.