The last few weeks I have talked about ways to proactively manage and reduce back pain. We have learned about acupuncture, yoga, vitamins and fruits and vegetables that feed the mind, body and soul. These are all proven ways to holistically thwart body pain and take control of your life. But there is one supplement that we have not talked about. Not only is it easily assessable to everyone, but it has wide reaching benefits to enhance overall health and nutrition. What are we talking about? If you guessed water, then you are right.
Overall, water provides the body with the following benefits:
- Helps expel damaging toxins and waste
- Aids the circulation in our bodies and regulate temperature
- Enhances our immune system
- Helps promote optimal functioning of every cell in our body
- Lubricates joints and reduces inflammation
On a basic level, water is what keeps us alive. It is the fuel for maintaining our essential functions and keeping us hydrated. Our joints, that connect the bones, depend on water and nutrient intake to keep them lubricated.
With poor hydration, there is increased friction and more impact to the joints. When this friction increases, the joints can become inflamed. People who suffer from arthritis know just how painful the inflammation can be. It also can significantly reduce your mobility and quality of life. With our Creative Choice Group team located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida we have access to so many year-round physical activities. From swimming, to tennis, to walking the beach, there is an abundance of things to do. Managing pain is an essential step to taking advantage of the Florida lifestyle.
So how much water do you need to drink?
The general rule of thumb is 6-8 glasses per day. This might sound daunting if you are not a big water drinker, but it really is not that much if you set a realistic pace. Some people find using a refillable water jug with 48-64 ounces is a good way to keep them on track. You can also add a little lemon to jazz it up if flavored water is more appealing to your taste buds.
It is important to keep in mind that some things will reduce your hard work to hydrate your body. Things such as sweating (with physical activity or working out), drinking a lot of caffeine or alcohol, or using a lot of salt can zap your water intake. You will need to replenish your water level to stay nice and hydrated and stave off inflammation of the joints.
Our teams in Florida and of course our Etech Global Solutions group in Texas live in hot, hot areas of the country. As a result, we all know how important keeping hydrated is to avoid dizziness, headaches and nausea. But now we also know drinking water gets to the core of our bodies, helping to increase mobility and live a pain free life. Be active. Be healthy and don’t forget to water your body!