Water, alcohol, and food all play a role in your spinal health. Find out what to avoid, and what is best for you!
Drink a Lot of Water
Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times so you always have fresh H20 to keep you hydrated. Take your body weight divided by two, and that is the minimum number of ounces you should drink each day. Adding berries, cucumbers, or even fresh ginger to your water can help add some flavor!
Staying Hydrated Reduces Back Pain
Drinking plenty of water daily is cited for reducing back pain. Water keeps the spinal discs full of fluid so they can provide cushion and move properly. Staying hydrated also helps prevent muscles from developing lactic acid which can cause inflammation leading to nerve compression.
Minimize Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol will dehydrate you rather than keep you hydrated, so watch your alcohol consumption, especially on those hot days. Sorry, alcoholic beverages do not count toward your water consumption!
Limiting Alcohol Minimizes Back & Neck Pain
Since drinking alcohol causes dehydration, it can also cause neck and back pain. Also, alcohol affects many normal functions of the human body, so it has the potential to make existing problems worse, such as arthritis or joint problems.
Keep Healthy Eating in Check
For some people, summer tends to be a license to let go of healthy eating habits. With so many healthy fruits and veggies in season, don’t let bad choices affect your summer health goals. Find healthy snacks that your family enjoys and can easily grab out of the fridge. Check out your local Farmers Markets!
Some Foods Can Help your Spinal Health
Some foods are packed with nutrients that many experts believe play a role in your spinal health. These foods include plant-based proteins, salmon (omega-3 fatty acids), dairy products that are high in calcium, herbs such as turmeric, highly pigmented fruits and veggies, and avocados.
Feed your Body Optimum Fuel and Stay Adjusted!
By eating healthy and getting adequate water each day, you are feeding your body the energy it needs to keep moving! Another important part of your spinal health is keeping your body adjusted with regular chiropractic appointments. You can reach Caspers Chiropractic in Hutchinson at 320-587-2292, or Shakopee at 952-977-9933. You can also click here to schedule an appointment. We’re ready to help! For more health tips and insight, follow the Caspers Facebook page.