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Water is critical for our survival. In fact, after oxygen, it is
the second most necessary life-sustaining factor. Under normal
circumstances, people can live for weeks without food, but we can only
water for a few days.
The human body requires adequate water to maintain its function. As
we age, we lose a significant amount of water in the body. For example,
75% of infants' weight generally consists of water, but a 50-year-old
female's weight may consist of only 50% water.
Water helps form the fluid in our joints, the mucous in our lungs,
and many other bodily fluids. In addition, it is necessary when we
exercise or are exposed to high temperatures-the evaporation of sweat
helps cool us.
The human body strives to maintain balance between the amount of
water that we lose vs. what we take in. Thirst is the body's way to tell
us we need water. When the body has too little fluid, it also reduces
water loss by making our urine more concentrated. Generally speaking,
most of our water loss occurs through breathing, sweating, urination and
bowel movements. Abnormalities in any of these functions-for example,
diarrhea-can profoundly affect the balance of our hydration.
It is also possible that drinking too much water without getting
enough sodium and potassium may cause "hyperhydration" or "water
intoxication." Both dehydration and hyperhydration can lead to serious
What is dehydration?
When we lose excessive amounts of water, or water and electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, we get dehydrated. We feel the effects of dehydration in many ways, including weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, and fluid accumulation in the abdomen and/or the lungs. In a situation with increased water loss, such as physical exertion, dehydration can happen much quicker. In fact, dehydration can affect an athlete after less than 1 hour of exercise.
We are considered dehydrated when we've lost 1-2% of our body weight secondary to fluid loss. For example, a 150-lb. athlete who loses more than 3 lbs. may begin to feel the effects of dehydration. If we lose more than 3% of our body weight, we are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses like cramps, heat exhaustionand heat stroke.
Signs of Dehydration
• Decreased performance
• Heart palpitations
We now offer hydrotherapy on our AquaThermassage III table. It combines heat, flotation, and massage through 12 powerful jets that simultaneously massage your entire back and legs, while fully clothed. The ultimate relaxation break, also COMPLIMENTARY with every chiropractic treatment!