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HYDRATION is to give or add H2O

HYDRATE or SUFFER with lower back pain. HYDRATE or DIE is a fact.

Lower back exercises and any fitness program will accelerate injury recovery or fitness goals with proper hydration.

The disc space (intervertebal disc) is water soluble. Aging increases the process of natural degenerative disc which increases pressures of the nerve canals. Sitting and standing in 6 hour studies indicate decreased disc space by 16% to 21%. The organs are also water soluble. Studies indicate an average of only 78% of digestive organ function capacities in individuals were utilized in clinical testing. The digestive system is responsible for metabolizing your nutritional intake. You can easily increase your metabolic rate simply by increasing water consumption between meals.

Hydration is extremely important in an injured disc or healthy. When there is any compression injury of the spinal column, the disc will become irregularly shaped creating pressure or pain. The compression causes the disc to lose height. If you are dehydrated and have an injury, the disc will lose even more height, magnifying pressure and pains.

Hydration makes good common sense. It’s simple, cheap, and effective. It’s an important ingredient to all my programs. In the long run it’s a major contributor to the phenomenal success of my total recovery solution for lower back pain and individual extreme fitness clientele goals.

Hydration during exercise allows the stimulated tissue cells to expand for greater mass, strength, elasticity, endurance, range of motion, and stability functions.

Substances to avoid dehydration related to degenerative disc and all dehydration conditions are: caffeine, coffee, tea, soda, smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc. These are just a few common contributing factors of dehydration.

Medical professionals recommend 8 to 10, 8oz glasses of water daily. I suggest 12 to 16, 8oz glasses equivalent to 1 gallon of water (128oz). I also advise drinking distilled water for its great cleansing qualities (purified water through steam and micro-filtration process to eliminate all mineral and heavy metals). The benefits of daily drinking a gallon of distilled water are:
  • no mineral deposits or heavy metals both linked to Alzheimer’s disease from decades of drinking tap or spring water
  • no water retention between skin and muscle, increased definition
  • speeds metabolism, burn more fat
  • increase elasticity, smoothes skin, decreases wrinkles
  • maintain and increase disc height or volume
  • increased oxidation, blood volume, nutrients, recovery time


A Word on Water

Water is rarely regarded as an essential nutrient, yet it ranks after oxygen as the most important element necessary for life. While a healthy person can live for weeks without food, we can not survive longer than a few days without water. Our bodies are made up of 75% water.

Water works as a solvent for all products of digestion. It holds foods, vitamins, and minerals in solution so they can pass through intestinal walls into the bloodstream for use throughout the body. It also removes all waste, regulates body temperature, and helps prevent constipation.

Sufficient water in our body systems is essential to maintaining a proper balance of electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium.

Most adults lose approximately three quarts of water daily through perspiration and excretion. Of course, this rate is much higher with hard working athletes. When you become dehydrated the cells also become dehydrated, impairing their ability to build tissue and utilize energy efficiently. Without water, toxic elements build up in the bloodstream. You don’t sweat, and blood volume decreases so you transport less oxygen and nutrients throughout your body.

Replace lost fluids with water, not soft drinks. Flavored sodas are high in calories, sodium, and artificial flavors. Diet sodas contain higher content of chemicals that cause an unhealthy retention of water.
  • Don’t rely on thirst to tell you when and how much you should drink. Thirst is a poor indicator of fluid needs. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

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