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(CSN) Water, H20 - whatever you call it- all life on earth whether human, animal or plant must have water to survive. Consider these facts about water and the human body.

• Depending on a person's size, the human body contains from 55 - 78% water. • The average person is made up of at least 2/3 water. The brain is at least 85% water. • In 37% of us the thirst mechanism is weak. Nutritionists say most people confuse hunger with thirst, which may lead to both dehydration and overeating.

• 75% of us are chronically dehydrated.

• Even MILD dehydration can slow down your metabolism.

• Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

• A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or a printed page.

• Long term dehydration has been linked to painful conditions like kidney stones, urinary tract infections and constipation.

• Drinking 5 glasses of water per day can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%.

• Our joints are lubricated by synovial fluid which is almost completely water. When fluid levels are low, joints stiffen and hurt. Dehydration leads to a loss of mobility and increased stress on the joints and ligaments.

• Dehydration also causes discs to malfunction bio-mechanically and prematurely degenerate and thin. They are then less able to absorb shock accelerating joint arthritis (wear and tear). • 8 -10 glasses of water per day can significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80%of sufferers.

It is not clear how much water intake is needed by healthy people, but most specialists agree that approximately 6 - 7 glasses per day is the minimum to maintain proper hydration. While sports drinks and sodas may quench your thirst, they are also rife with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and acids that leach calcium out of your bones contributing to osteoporosis. All in all, pure water is the healthiest way to satisfy your body's hydration requirements. Increasing your water intake also supports weight loss because water has no calories and, in general, curbs the appetite.

A person can live three months without food, three weeks without water, three minutes without air but only three seconds without nerve flow. Regular chiropractic adjustments will keep your nervous system and spinal vertebrae in top condition. Regular chiropractic care insures all the organs, tissues and glands are functioning right and is just as important for our health as regular water intake!

At Korsh Spinal Health and Wellness our top priority is to take care of the nervous system.

Call us today at 403-782-3341 to make an appointment for your spinal check-up.  

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