Hydration: A Key to Reduce Back Pain

Hydration: A Key to Reduce Back Pain

While standing in line at the grocery store years ago I picked up a health magazine and read something I will never forget. It said that in eastern medicine, illness is said to be caused by chronic dehydration of the organs. This really made sense to me and since then I have made it a point to lubricate my innards with the right type of water. I am overeducated on water, rather, the general population has been bamboozled to believe that it’s ok to drink bottled water because it’s safer than tap water. This is not the case! Bottled water is more often than not, just bottled municipal tap water. This is acidic and contains harmful residual pharmaceuticals and other things not removed in the sanitation plant.

How is back pain related to dehydration? Inflammation is the body’s response to toxins in the body. This can be from free radicals produced by excess cortisol released from stress or it can be from processed food and drink. Water is essential to flush the body of these toxins so the free radicals do not steal an electron from your healthy cells in order to stabilize causing inflammation in the body and joint and muscle pain in your back. Our bodies contain over seventy percent water and if we are not replenishing it, we begin to open ourselves to illness and pain. Alkaline vortex water is also anti-inflammatory because it creates negative ions that are present in a running stream or waterfall which have an anti-inflammatory affect.

How much water do you need and what type of water do you need? I’ve heard this a lot, “water is water.” This is not the case! All water is not created equal. You should be drinking alkaline artesian well water with minerals and preferably out of glass bottles. The plastic bottles leach harmful chemicals into the water. You should look to drink two liters of water each day. Sadly, I’ve met tons of people who only consume coffee, soda, and alcohol throughout the day and if they do get around to drinking water, they aren’t even drinking the good stuff. They are drinking bottled water that is acidic and not to mention creating excess waste of plastic bottles that usually get thrown away. Seriously, get serious about your water, be a water snob. It’s ok. I read a really eye opening book called ‘Water and Salt: The Essence of Life’ which dramatically altered the course of my life. I changed the way I looked at how my body operated after reading this book. I realized that a lot of my emotional and physical problems could be solved if I just simply consumed more alkaline water! Voila!

What is a sign that you might have chronically dehydrated organs? Eastern medicine views this as a source of other illnesses. Research shows that sickness cannot survive in an alkaline environment. So quite literally, water is our lifeblood and most of us have no clue. You can get oxygenated, vortexed (restructured), mineralized water now at specialty water stores and from companies that specialize in this. Two brands I recommend are Castle Rock and Mountain Valley Spring. They both come in glass bottles and can be ordered online. Another option is to buy an alkalizing system for your home or buying a water bottle that alkalizes your water for you such as DYLN Inspired, a new innovative company allowing you to travel and alkalize your water. There are also alkalizing drops that you can add to your water to balance the pH. If you notice you have headaches at all, this is most likely a sign that you are very dehydrated.

Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry is a health and wellness professional who was healed from chronic back pain in 2003 after studying the mind-body connection. She went on to study the physical and mental benefits of yoga and now teaches classes and workshops in Southern California. She has also worked as an organic health consultant and writes about how to eat a clean whole foods diet incorporating gluten-free, raw, and dairy free options.