Maintaining adequate hydration can help us feel best!

Almost invariably when we see a new chronic pain patients in our practice, we discuss health habits and we find more often than not, failure to drink adequate amount of water is almost universal.

So why is that? Why would not drinking enough water tend to cause more widespread pains? There are several reasons and the answers are not complicated. You see the vast majority of our body is made of water. Blood and all the critical fluids keep us functioning like well-oiled machines.

Our kidneys, brain and all our other vital organs use these fluids to communicate and also perform daily purification’s.

But yet most of us don’t pay nearly enough attention to this key fact.

So rather than going through our days drinking fluids, most especially water that will keep our blood and fluid volumes high, we tend to over consume caffeine and worse yet soft drinks and perhaps even alcohol which depletes our water reserves even further.

If we don’t drink enough water we can suffer an impaired ability of our vital organs like kidneys and liver that help rid our bodies of toxic wastes. Dehydration can help make us stiff sore and uncomfortable.

If you already suffer from neuropathy or chronic pain, becoming even slightly dehydrated will make you feel a whole lot worse.

So how much water do you need to drink? In the absence of kidney or heart disease the proverbial eight glasses a day is about right. A more accurate consumption is approximately half your body weight in ounces in a 24-hour period.* This is not 100 percent accurate but it’s a darn good approximation. So for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’d be consuming approximately 75 ounces of no-alcohol fluids (mostly water!) during the course of the daily 24-hour period.

There are of course other factors which may require more or less water consumption. This of course includes how much you perspire, the outside air temperature, and yes even the humidity.

As always you need to work with your physician on your own personal medical issues that you may have questions or concerns about. We so often find simple blood and urine tests which measure your electrolytes and relative hydration are a big help in personally calculating best fluid recommendations! Working together by maintaining adequate hydration can help you suffer less chronic pain and maybe neuropathy pain too!

*DO NOT exceed fluid recommendations of your physician if you have heart, electrolyte or kidney issues especially!!!

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