Updated: Oct 1, 2019
Q: I am not a big fan of water, and instead prefer sports drinks or coffee. Is not drinking water really such a big deal? – Will Cain, North Fort Myers
A: Unfortunately there is just no way around the need for hydration, especially down here in SWFL. The sun and humidity depletes our active body’s incredibly quickly and it can lead to all kinds of ailments...even death if it gets too far gone. Here are 8 bullet points on the benefits of staying hydrated:
Water regulates our body temperature. Water is a cooling fan (just like cooling fan on a computer) and through perspiration it stops us from burning up the water retention of our bodies. When we do not have enough water, we are storing more water. So, water helps eliminate more water (go figure).
Water helps to produce glowing skin because it results in toxins getting eliminated, purging the skin and helping to prevent acne and age spots. It is the body's way of getting rid of what is no longer serving the body.
Water regulates our body temperature. Water is a cooling fan (just like cooling fan on a computer) and through perspiration it stops us from burning up.
Water aids digestion. The more water you drink, the more your colon gets cleared. It helps in the absorption of nutrients into the blood. It is best to drink water before you eat, although many persons eat and drink at the same time. When you eat and drink at the same time, the water dilutes the hydrochloric acid within the body, making it harder to digest the food.
Water is important for our body’s natural shock absorbers. It lubricates the joints and keeps our spinal disks within our bony framework healthy.
Water boosts the immune system and helps fight off infections.
Water lowers stress. When we feel dehydrated, we get irritable. The stress level increases and this affects our physical, mental and emotional bodies because the three are interconnected.
Water balances out the lymph system, the body's drainage system. It does wonders because the lymph system is all about helping us to fight infections. It maintains and balances the bodily fluids within our bodies. Water acts like a plumber, who unblocks the clogged pipe.
Dr. Misty Green is a local Chiropractor serving the Cape Coral/North Fort Myers, Florida area for over 20 years. She can be reached at (239) 772-5777 to schedule an appointment. Check out our website at AskDrMisty.com for short and sweet video health tips.
Find and like us on Facebook “Dr. Misty Green at Alabar Chiropractic” for weekly health tips, Ask DrMisty health videos, cyber specials, and other office antics!