In America, there is a water-related paradox: many of us are fortunate enough to have regular access to clean drinking water. But we treat our bodies as though there is a drought, foregoing sufficient hydration because of laziness and taste; against our better instincts, we will choose sugary, caffeinated drinks that actually dehydrate us further. Chronic dehydration is ubiquitous in America, as evidenced by the fact that there are now apps which will remind you regularly to drink water. Many of us have become so used to being dehydrated, that it is our new baseline for normal, and this is no way to live! Every cell in our body contains water and relies on water to function effectively- by not providing your body with the water it needs, you effectively function at a lower level. This drought effect becomes even more startling when you look at it through the lens of spinal health.
It is forced to prioritize, and the spine is not a priority. With deficient water supply, the body pulls water from the extremities and spine, reallocating it to the vital organs which simply cannot do without water. Your spinal discs, which rely on water to provide the shock-absorption and articulation between vertebrae, dry out. This effect manifests itself in more back pain, less range of motion and accelerated spinal degeneration. With an internal drought, any water that is put in is automatically routed toward the internal organs, and the spine continues to suffer.
So what are we really looking for? To just hum along, with our body scrambling its resources to keep us functioning at the lowest possible level; or to provide our body and brain with the water they need to truly thrive? Drinking your daily recommended amount of water is the easiest and fastest way to start improving overall health, especially that of your spine.