Dr. Peter Anderson explains the importance of being hydrated to avoid back pain and the connection between the two.
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The Importance of Hydration for a Healthy Back Hi! My name is Dr. Peter Anderson. I’m a chiropractor in Oak Park, Michigan in the corner of 9 Mile Republic. This health series is going to be called back to basics. And the first health tip, we’re going to talk about getting hydrated. Being dehydrated is an overwhelming neck stiffness and back pain. Let’s take your inner vertebral disc. Everybody has heard about a herniated disc. Well, the disc is inflated with 88% water. So, if you are dehydrated, so as your disc and that sets you up for further injury. When your brain is 1% dehydrated, your body will produce this chemical called histamine. Histamine is involved in inflammation which you irritates pain nerves and then also is involved in your sinus struggle. Now, the thing that the reason the body produces histamine is to help your body conserve the water but you can see at its side effects, it contributes to pain. Now, just because you are drinking your water, it does not mean your body is absorbing it. If you choke your water down, you’re going to wheeze it away in 20 minutes because you just dumped on your kidneys. It couldn’t handle at all. If you sip your water, you’re getting your spit a chance to mix with your water. Now, your sip or saliva has your own DNA signature and that DNA signature now gets the chance to mix with that water and the body will absorb for itself and it gets rid of what is not soft. Now, if you are having cramping or muscles spasm, another thing that you can do to help your body use water better is to get a full spectrum of salt. Portions of it is called Celtic sea salt, Himalayan sea salt and they’re tend to be sandy or pink in color. And these salts have anywhere from 68 to 84 different minerals. So, it is not going to raise your blood pressure if you take it because it balances your blood chemistry because it has all these different minerals. So the best thing to do, take a pinch of salt with every glass of water that you are going to drink and then just wash it down as you sip your water. I hope you learned a lot. I look forward to seeing you at the next health tip.