We all know that drinking water is important for our general health and well-being, but do we know why? What exactly does water do in the body and what are the consequences of not drinking enough water?
It’s often easy to forget, but water is a vital nutrient. Without it, you would not survive. In fact, you can survive longer without food than you can survive without water.
The body is made up of 50 to 75 percent water. Water is not only contained in lean muscle, fat and bones; it also forms the basis of your blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration. As the body can’t store water, you need a fresh supply every day to make up for losses encountered via bodily functions such as sweating.
Your posture, or body position, is vitally important! Poor posture may compromise vital organ function leading to circulatory, respiratory and digestive problems. Continuous poor posture may cause a myriad of orthopedic conditions causing chronic neck and back pain, headaches as well as arm and leg pain. Incorrect posture often leads to painful and stiff joints and muscles. Good posture is healthy! It does not stress joints and muscles in an abnormal manner, leading to pain.
When you’re in pain, your first impulse may be to reach for that bottle of aspirin on your nightstand. Most people rely on pain medication to ease their discomfort and provide them with relief. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration, there are more than 300,000 over-the-counter drug products on the market. However, many pain medications don’t promote good health for your body in the long-run, but instead provide a temporary relief that can easily become habit.
It’s important to understand that there are two main categories of this type of pain medication: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy may be the answer to those suffering from back pain. This low-risk therapy involves a light stretching of the spine. It is believed to re-position herniated or bulging disc material back into the disc. It is also believed to treat common causes of back or neck pain, such as “spinal stenosis, degenerated disc, facet syndrome, or sciatica/leg pain” (Davis, Shoshany, Marten, 2010). Stretching the spine takes pressure off of (decompresses) the spinal discs, causing the discs that are herniated or bulging to possibly retract. Once these discs retract, previous pressure on the nerves and other areas of the spine will decrease, enabling movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs. The presence of these nutrients aides in the healing process of the discs.