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Drink More Water! Reduce Your Back Pain!

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Most of us only tend to think about our hydration needs when we are incredibly thirsty. Some people simply do not even like the taste of water, so the last thing on their minds is to guzzle a big cup of the necessary fluid. Personally, I drink huge amounts of water. I just cannot seem to get enough of it. I work out frequently and am always on the go, so I can rarely be found without my trusty water bottle by my side. When I need to add a bit of punch to it, I throw in some lemon, lime, or orange slices.

A great amount of research has been done on water and how important it is to our health and vitality. There are massive amounts of articles that speak to the hydration needs of runners, athletes, military personnel and other specialized areas, but what about the daily water needs for an average adult? Interestingly enough, studies have shown how a lack of water in one’s body can contribute to back pain, as well as other aches and pains.

I frequently refer to my 105-year-old grandmother in these articles, but for good reason. One of her philosophies in life is to make sure that she consumes enough water each day. She has always advised me, even to this day, of the importance of drinking water regularly. She will take a sip of cold, refreshing water and smile, “Ah…that’s so good…and good for you, too!” Then she will wink at me. I have never heard her complain of back aches or of any other bodily pain, except for the fact that I have proven to be a pain in her hindquarters on occasion over the years. Adequate water intake on her part never proved to be helpful to her in that regard!

In a study conducted by James Lehman, DC, professor of orthopedics and neurology at the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic, he recommends that his patients who live a sedentary lifestyle and who are not residing in extreme temperature (anything over 85 degrees Fahrenheit), should consume 40-50 percent of their body weight in ounces of water. Thus, for someone weighing 150 pounds, 60-75 ounces of water per day is necessary.

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