Have you ever wondered why water is so important? Water is essential to the human body. It makes up over two thirds of our body weight and all the cells and organs depend on water for their functioning. Most of us are not drinking enough water and a mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can cause symptoms such as a fuzzy memory, trouble focusing and fatigue. It is estimated that seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration.
What Happens When We Don’t Drink Enough Water?
There are endless benefits of water. Water helps lubricate our joints and cartilages, allowing them to move fluidly. When dehydrated, water is taken away from the joints, increasing the chances of developing joint pain. Water helps regulate body temperature and additionally, it helps transport vital blood plasma, which plays a critical role in the body’s pH, antibody circulation. When our body’s cells are dehydrated, we are left in a weakened state and vulnerable to attack from disease. When we drink water, it helps remove toxins from our bodies.
How Do You Know If You’re Drinking Enough Water?
Thirst is a poor indicator of dehydration because by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. When you reach that point, your energy levels and mental functioning have already decreased and you may notice that you are fatigued, lightheaded or developing a headache.
Tips for Drinking Enough Water
- Generally, you want to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you are an athlete, someone who is very active or if you live in a warmer environment, you want to drink more.
- Try to have a water bottle with you throughout the day so it is easy for you to drink water
- Try drinking one or two glasses of water when you wake up in the morning to help replenish your body and activate your internal organs
- Avoid drinking soft drinks! Soft drinks do not quench your thirst and they weaken the immune system by creating an acidic environment in your body where diseases can flourish. Soft drinks lead to dehydration, which leads to brittle tissues and soft tissue injuries.
If you are suffering from soft tissue injuries or joint pain due to dehydration, give our office a call at (415) 788-8700 to set up a consultation. It’s not too late to get back on track!