Drinking Water – Fun Facts

By | April 10, 2016

Proper hydration promotes your healing and requires your attention every day. Muscular and spinal and joint pain, leg cramps and general malaise may be an imbalance of fluids and electrolytes. Drink water as soon as the discomfort begins.

Dehydration is a particular problem among the elderly, in part because the thirst mechanism becomes less efficient as we age. Medications, vitamins and supplemements, forced-air heat from furnaces and automobiles, protein and salt consumption, exercise outdoors, diuretics,  alcohol or caffeine may raise your demnds for water. Yellow urine, dry feet or elbows, exercise and massage are reasons to ingest water deliberately

The body loses water in perspiration, exhaled moisture, and bowel movements. As a rule, drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Fruits and vegetables, juices, milk and soups, are generally as good as water.

Inadequate water intake caues hunger pangs, and daytime fatigue. 8-10 glasses of water a day may ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere 2% drop in body water content reduces short-term memory, math skills, and mental focus.

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of cancer: colon (45%), breast (79%), and bladder (50%)
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack
Water at bed time helps prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

Category: Prevention

About Paul O'Brian

CEO, Paul O’Brian founded Accelerate Physical Therapy , P.C. in 1989 in Arvada. Specializing in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation over a 40-year-career, Paul is experienced in shoulder, knee, spine, foot/ankle, elbow, wrist and hand rehabilitation, quadriplegia, hemiplegia, multiple sclerosis, weakness and balance issues, and geriatric conditions, arthritis, functional decline, postural and pain problems, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and workers’ compensation injuries. Paul O'Brian has been a youth sports coach for 25 years (swimming and diving, soccer, football and rugby). Paul has served on the Board of Directors for multiple Colorado non-profit Colorado corporations, including Colorado Physical Therapy Network (20 years), Rugby Colorado (5 years) and Tigers Rugby Football Club (20 years).