Preventing dehydration in the winter is important. Indoor heating sources and drinking beverages like coffee, sodas and alcohol can have a dehydrating effect on the body when consumed in excess.
Dehydration affects your Spine
Did you know that the discs in your spine are 70% water? Throughout the day, you lose water from your discs. When you're dehydrated, the discs become harder to heal and more prone to damage. Drink water throughout the day to help your body heal naturally, to stay healthy and to get the most out of your chiropractic adjustments. Keep your spine aligned with regular chiropractic care.
Drink water between cups of coffee and other dehydrating beverages. When traveling, drink water throughout the trip, to stay hydrated.
If you’ll be toasting the New Year with a glass of bubbly, limit alcohol to one drink (per day) for women and no more than two drinks (a day) for men. A standard drink is: one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler; one 8-9 ounce malt liquor; one 5-ounce glass of wine; 2-3 oz. cordial or liqueur; 3-4 oz. fortified wine - sherry or port; 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or brandy.
One drink relaxes the circulation and dilates the brachial artery. Consuming more than one alcoholic beverage has a negative impact: increasing heart rate, nerve activity and causes stress on the circulatory system. Exceeding this amount on a regular basis, not only dehydrates the body, but damages nearly all organ systems.
Sodas not only dehydrate the body, but have zero nutritional value, leach calcium from your bones, have many adverse effects on your health and should not be consumed, in any amount. We'll share more about drinking soda in the future.
Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy New Year!!!
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