Dehydration and Your Body - Olathe Chiropractic

Dehydration and Your Body

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Did you know that you need water to survive? To have a healthy body, the recommendation is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces every single day. Are you getting enough? If you are well under that amount of water—or the commonly recommended eight glasses of water—you may be at risk for dehydration. This is more than just being thirsty. Not getting enough water can cause you to have migraines, headaches, aches and pains, problems with your digestion, weight and more. Avoid dehydration and other health problems with some nutrition services we offer!

Understanding Dehydration

Dehydration is a term used to describe when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it needs.  Dehydration can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe, based on how much of your body’s fluid is lost or not replaced. Severe dehydration is a life-threatening emergency.

How Does Water Help My Body?

Water is the second most popular drink of choice behind soda, WebMD said. Kaiser Permanente nephrologist Steven Guest, MD, agrees: “Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health,” he says.

Water helps in many ways for the body such as: 1) restoring body fluids; 2) Helping to prevent overeating; 3) supporting muscle performance; 4) helping the skin stay moisturized from the inside out; 5) keeping your kidneys healthy; and 6) supports gastrointestinal health.

The Symptoms of Dehydration

To identify if you are suffering from dehydration, consider the following common symptoms:

  • Thirst
  • Muscle Pain
  • Dark or Yellow Urine
  • Less Frequent Urination
  • Headache
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Dizziness
  • No tears when crying
  • Wrinkled skin
  • Dry mouth/cracked lips

Dehydration is not to be taken lightly. If ignored, it can lead to death.

Dehydration and Headaches

Being dehydratedcan trigger headaches–specifically, tension headaches. While it is unknown exactly why dehydration triggers headaches, one theory from studies about it shows that blood vessels in the head narrow to manage body fluid levels.  The narrowing of blood vessels can make is harder for oxygen and blood to reach the brain leading to a headache.

What to do When Your Feeling Dehydrated

Dehydration also causes you to lose electrolytes which are essential minerals in your blood and body fluids tasked with helping your body function appropriately. To treat dehydration you must restore the proper fluids and electrolytes your body has lost.

Nutrition Services

One way that you can help prevent dehydration is be ensuring you have a regular eating and drinking schedule throughout the day. At Olathe Chiropractic, we offer patients nutritional assessments and testing to help you improve your food-related health.

Testing the body with electricity can help us get an accurate picture of the fat deposits of your body, which can reveal surprising details if you are overweight or obese. We also offer complete blood testing to identify deficiencies in crucial nutrients like iron, Vitamin B12, and calcium. If you are honest during the food tracking phase, we can quickly pinpoint culprits in your diet raising your weight and make recommendations to fill in nutrient gaps.  Our dietary plans are tailored to your exact needs and include both whole food sources and supplements.

Free Consultation

Olathe Chiropractic provides specialized treatment plans in Olathe and can help you understand where your what it will take to improve your diet and health. Call (913) 732-0087 today to schedule your free consultation!

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