The Importance of Hydration

Hello OLIVE friends and family,

During these colder months, there’s a phrase I’ve been hearing more and more:

“I don’t drink as much water during winter.”

Now that doesn’t make sense. Did you know that our bodies are composed of around 50-60% water? Your brain alone is made up of 75% water – which is why you should often hydrate when you have a headache. Dehydration has actually been linked to a decrease in cognitive performance such as memory, attention, motor skills, and mood. It takes as little as 5 minutes for the water you drink to appear in your blood cells – so go drink some now!

Water also makes up a large percentage of your discs in your spine and is one of the important factors in keeping them healthy. They allow our spine to move around and act as a shock absorber – as long as they’re kept nice and hydrated. Drinking water hydrates the discs while movement transports the water into them. This is why being sufficiently hydrated leads to a smoother adjustment and helping your body to hold and integrate your adjustments quicker.

In summary: 
  • Water makes up a large percentage of your bodies
  • It takes as little as 5 minutes for the water you drink to appear in your blood cells
  • Dehydration can affect cognitive function (memory, attention, motor skills) and mood
  • Happy, healthy discs come from hydration and movement
  • Being hydrated is great for your adjustments!

So, how much water should you be drinking? 

We recommend 2-4 litres per day in adults and 1.5 litres per day in children. It all depends on your body and level of activity, the more active you are and the more water you lose through sweat, the more you should drink. An easy way to tell if you’re getting enough water is by the colour of your urine – it should be clear to transparent or straw coloured yellow.

You can also squeeze half a lemon or one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for an extra Vitamin C boost.

See you at OLIVE with a glass of water!  

Dr Kali and the OLIVE chiropractic team