Did you know that approximately 60% of your body is made of dihydrogen monoxide? “What is this mysterious chemical” you ask? You may know it by another name – WATER! The majority of our bodies are made of water, but the important thing to remember is that our bodies don’t generate water; we have to provide it.
Dr. Pennella encourages everyone to enjoy a healthy serving of water on a daily basis. A “healthy serving” equals half of your body weight in ounces… and no, sorry, coffee and tea don’t count. As a matter of fact, coffee and tea are both considered diuretics, which means that chemicals within these drinks pull water from your cells and push it into your digestive track. Therefore, it would be prudent to chase your coffee or tea with an extra 8 oz glass of water.
You may think that if you consume this much water then you’ll be in the restroom all day, but consider the parallel of caring for a house plant. If the plant is not watered properly, and then one day is watered appropriately, the water will pass right through the pot, and will not have a chance to be absorbed by the soil. On the contrary, if the plant is watered regularly, the soil acts like a sponge, and has the capability to use and absorb the water given to it. The same applies to your body. Just like the plant, you can live on minimal water and/or other beverages, but you will never have “lush green leaves” without proper sustenance. Common, everyday symptoms that are labeled as aches-and-pains, inflammation, or a random headache are often corrected by being properly hydrated.
One easy way to help your body to absorb water more efficiently is to add a wedge of citrus fruit to your glass of water, or try the lime flavored electrolyte powder sold at Stillpoint Family Chiropractic. Lastly, consider picking up one of our favorite resources, which is a book titled “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj, MD.
At your next appointment, ask about how dehydration may be effecting your health, and how to set goals to get re-hydrated with dihydrogen Monoxide!
Yours in Health,
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