As we continue through the dog days of summer, it's important that we remind ourselves to stay hydrated. It's easy to forget for long periods of time to drink water -- and please don't consider your morning coffee as your first glass of water.
Instead, drink half your body weight in ounces -- which is the requisite amount of water to consume in a day. You want your urine (sorry) to be mostly clear. If it's intensely yellow or even brownish in color, you're already dehydrated.
Below are a few reasons why it's a good idea to stay hydrated -- for your health!
1.) It's Good for Your Joints
If there's ever been such a thing as a magical elixir, it's H2O. Making sure you're properly hydrated ensure toxins get flushed out of your body. Water helps your joints stay well-lubricated -- it even helps prevent bouts with gout!
2.) Staying Hydrated Fight Inflammation
Because staying hydrated helps flush toxins out of your body, this reduces the body's inflammation. Inflammation can lead to all sorts of health problems,
including (but not limited to) certain types of cancers as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
3.) Dehydration is Hard on Your Heart
When you're dehydrated, your blood volume gets lower, so that means your heart has to work harder in order to pump this reduced amount of blood to supply your cells with oxygen. Everyday activities become harder when you're dehydrated -- simple tasks like walking up stairs, not to mention exercise.
So stay hydrated out there as a part of your overall wellness plan. Another part of your overall wellness plan is regular visits to your chiropractic treatment specialist in Homewood, IL. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic to schedule your consultation today.