Are you drinking enough water?

Importance of drinking water:  If you think that you have a bit of a problem drinking enough water on a daily basis, you are probably right.  Even worse is the lack of water that children are that is occurring with children.  According to recent statistics that I have found on the internet, more than half of American children are dehydrated, which can have repercussions for their health and academic performance. About one-quarter of children in the US do not drink water on a daily basis.  To show you how dehydration severely effects function in the body, research shows dehydrated drivers make twice the amount of errors compared to hydrated drivers—an effect similar to driving drunk. The best thing you can do, obviously is to drink more water.  Your best bet is trading sweetened, bottled beverages like soda, iced tea, fruit drinks to pure water which can significantly improve your health. A major rule of thumb is to drink water on a regular basis throughout the day, regardless of thirst.  Drink at intervals when you are not thirsty.  This ensure that your body has enough water and can support internal functions for optimal health.

Thought for the Week:  We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732.   Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine. ~Slovakian Proverb

Chiropractic Thought for the Week:  Chiropractic care is a 100% natural, drug­-free approach to healthcare. Your spinal column, made up of 24 independent vertebrae, is what allows your body to move, twist, and bend through every motion of your busy day. The spinal bones encase and protects the delicate central nervous system (spinal cord and nerves) that controls and coordinates every muscle, tissue and organ of the body. The latest research on spinal motion lends credence to the fact that the first step to an active lifestyle is a properly functioning spine.  When two or more vertebrae are not moving properly together a fixation in movement is created.  This is what chiropractors refer to as a subluxation or a segmental spinal misalignment. These subluxations are actually joint dysfunctions that can cause you to experience pain, discomfort, decreased mobility, or many other symptoms and conditions. Spinal subluxations often go unnoticed and can interfere with how your brain communicates with the body via disrupted neural impulses. Misalignments in the spine may eventually lead to symptoms in other parts or joints of the body as well. These symptoms are your body’s only way of letting you know something is wrong. Unfortunately, the absence of pain is not an indication of health. By the time pain and symptoms appear the problem may have been present for months, even years. A major part of chiropractic care is prevention. Chiropractic can help prevent these types of symptoms and conditions with routine care.  A chiropractic tune-up can be an important part of your preventative health care program.

Pregnancy / Prenatal Chiropractic Info:  According to the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, Numerous case studies and clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the various health challenges that women experience with pregnancy. Pregnant woman typically suffer from lower back and pelvic pain which interferes with daily activities during pregnancy. These problems typically resolve under chiropractic care because of the nature of the nervous system and its relationship to the spine. In most women, pregnancy back pain occurs at the sacroiliac joint, where the pelvis meets the spine.  Many pregnant women have back pain caused by pelvic instability due to alignment and fixation.  This comes from the pelvis changing position to be ready for childbirth and the additional weight of the belly pulling on the spinal muscles. Pelvic instability can reduce the amount of room that the baby has to move inside the uterus by causing tightness in the round ligaments that support the pregnant women’s abdomen.  This can lead to the baby not moving into the head down position.  In cases of pelvic instability and round ligament tension the Webster Technique is used to target the tight soft tissue  and making very, gentle adjustments to correct the alignment of your pelvis. 

 

 

Author
Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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