Dr. Matthew Hamby of Hamby Chiropractic & Wellness in Rincon, Georgia shares how dehydration negatively affects the body and why drinking adequate amounts of water are essential to your health.

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How Dehydration Affects Your Body

WaterFour to eight glasses of water are the recommended daily intake. Admittedly, this is a broad range, so a useful frame of reference is the presence or absence of thirst. Ideally, you should never feel as if your mouth or throat is dry or that you "need" a drink of water. Rather, you should be drinking water continuously throughout the day. Why? Because oftentimes, by the time you feel thirsty it is too late to ward off any negative symptoms of dehydration such as headaches, dizziness, or confusion. 

In addition, sufficient water intake is crucial for maintaining normal body processes. All cells are aqueous environments, so in order for them to function properly they need water.  Drinking the right amount of water every day helps each cell in performing its numerous functions so that you remain healthy and well. 


Moreover, water is an essential part of your intervertebral discs. These shock-absorbing structures assist your spinal column in supporting the weight of your head and torso while also distributing mechanical loads so that you can effectively perform physical tasks.

Though sufficient water consumption is an important aspect of a life of health and wellness, it is not the only component. Drinking water should be accompanied by a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and routine chiropractic care. All of these parts work together to help you build a life of health, happiness, and activity. You cannot have one without the other. A nutritious diet along with a sufficient water intake supply your body with the vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins needed to fuel your everyday activity. Exercise poses challenges to your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and tissues enabling them to obtain and maintain optimal strength, flexibility, and resilience. 


Regular chiropractic care helps to coordinate your healthy lifestyle. By detecting and correcting spinal misalignments as well as removing sources of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps you get the most out of their nutritional and exercise programs. As a result, regular chiropractic care assists you in achieving long-term health and well-being. 

To learn more or to schedule a chiropractic appointment call 912-826-4444 or visit www.hambychiro.com


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