Will drinking water help ease Back Pain?
Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water. Water is
involved in pretty much all our bodily functions, including the diffusion of
nutrients and flushing away toxins. Back pain is one of those many symptoms
that may be caused by a lack of water in our diet and can affect our backs in
the following ways.
Our spines are made up of vertebrae. In between each vertebra
lies a disc which is made up of mainly water. These discs become dehydrated
during the day when we are standing/sitting as the spine is in a vertical
position. Then at night the discs rehydrate if we have drunk enough water. When
the discs dehydrate the disc space between each vertebra narrows and in some instances,
can cause pain and irritation of the spine.
With most back pain, there tends to be associated muscular
pain and tightness. When you become dehydrated the harmful toxins can
accumulate in and around muscle tissue. This leads to inflammation, rigidity
Are there any common signs that you may not be drinking
enough water? Yes, and it may sound simple but even just feeling thirsty is
probably the first sign. Other signs of dehydration include, tiredness,
dizziness, dry skin and lips, headaches, constipation and mood swings. Another
more obvious sign is the colour of your urine. If your urine is dark and not a
light yellow, then you really need to get more water in your system.
When your body benefits from being hydrated properly, then
you should likely expect to feel less back pain, less tired, more alert, your
skin will become more clear, plus being hydrated properly can help you lose
So just like a car engine needs oil and fuel,
your body needs water to help lubricate joints and help it run efficiently.
Drinking the recommended amount of water on a daily basis will help your body
function better as a whole with no negative side effects.
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