The 5-Most Important Things to do to Eliminate Pain: #4–Proper Hydration


Yesterday I started a 5-part series on the most important things you can do to eliminate pain. If you didn’t read it, I’d encourage you to do so, as some of you might not realize that yesterday’s topic is connected to pain and inflammation.

Today’s topic might be just as eye-opening. While I’m sure you realize it’s important, you might not know just how important it is.

#4. Proper Hydration

WaterTo put it simply, water is the lubricant of the body. Drink enough water, and you’ll move like a well-oiled machine. Deplete your body of water, and you’ll freeze up like and engine with an oil leak. Needless to say, it’s of vital importance!

Your body is made up of about 70% water. That means that if we took all of the solid stuff–organs, muscles, tendons, ligament, etc.–and packed them all together, that solid matter would fill up from your feet to somewhere just above your knees. The rest of the body would be filled with water!

And, just as the body is 70% water, your blood is about 84% water, and your plasma is roughly 94% water! Proper hydration will maintain your metabolism, prevent foggy vision, and combat forgetfulness. Anyone thirsty yet? Perhaps the better question is, Anyone hungry yet? It is believed that in 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger!

For more stats about water (and, specifically, how it differs from Coke), read THIS BLOG POST.

If you want to find out how water impacts your metabolism and your brain, read THIS BLOG POST.

And for those of you curious about how proper hydration is tied to bladder regulation, read THIS BLOG POST.

I hope this short post makes you realize just how important water is. Your body is mostly water. Your body needs water. And if your body doesn’t have water, it will begin shutting down. The warning signs could be pain, inflammation, arthritis, forgetfulness, or even unwanted weight gain. Pay attention to the warning signs and get yourself hydrated! I always use a simple equation to make sure I’m getting enough water. Take your bodyweight, divide it in half, and drink that make ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need 100 ounces of water daily. That’s about what I need. Typically, I’ll get 80-85 ounces of water from actually consuming water. The other 15-20 ounces I need come from fruits and vegetables.

So, drink up–your body will thank you for it! Cheers!

QUESTION: How much water do you drink daily?

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