As the summer season comes in full swing, it’s important to stay hydrated. Not only for the obvious reasons, but your spine benefits from being hydrated as well. Disc in our spines are made of about 80% water. They are formed much like jelly filled doughnuts. They fluid inside the disc is a watery jelly substance. This jelly filling helps allows space for the bones in the spine to move around and cushions the bones to keep them happy and healthy. Every second of the day that we are upright gravity is squishing the disc and making them work extra hard.
Disc in the spine do not have a blood supply. They only way they keep the fluids at a healthy level is by moving around. Motion brings the nutrient and water into the disc. This is one reason to keep ourselves hydrated. Our bodies use water for many reasons. We use water to keep us cool during the summer months (sweat), to push unwanted materials out of the body (restroom time), and many of the chemical processes that are always happening throughout the body.
When you do not take in enough water, our bodies decide how it’s going to use it. This will cause your body to make decisions on what is most important at that time. This could become an issue for the disc in our spine. They may not get the nutrients and fluids needed to stay at their best.
Our bodies alert us that we are not getting enough fluids. The most obvious way would be you get thirsty! We all have experienced this one. Another way that may not be so obvious is you start to muscle cramps at the most random times. Those deep cramps can be painful, and this is often a sign that you do not have enough fluids.