𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐇𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐖𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐊𝐞𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞.
Ever wonder how drinking enough water can promote a healthy spine? Spinal disc is formed by a “jelly-like” structure which present between the adjacent vertebrae in our spine. This high-water content environment in the discs helps the spine function normally, acting as shock absorbers, which enable the spine to resist stress or being compressed during activities like sitting, running and walking.
Sitting and standing, our most basic form of activities, can exert compression on the spinal discs by the weight that they are supporting, and some of the water will be squeezed out of the disc. Water will flows slowly back into the disc when we lie down, most of the load on the discs will be removed, provided if our bodies are adequately hydrated.
Spinal disc obtains its nutrients through a constant loss and gain of fluid. Dehydration will affect the proper nutrients flow and water replenishment to the disc. This can cause the discs to remain compressed, also, making it harder for the discs to cushion the pressure from the vertebrae and may reduce the flexibility of the spine. Decreased mobility increases the risk of injury to the collagen fibres that make up the disc material. Injury to the discs can cause inflammation and herniation of disc material and lead to compression of the spinal nerve, eventually will lead to pain.
Occurrence of slipped disc is due to increased pressure exerted on the spinal disc. Being overweight or obsessed are known risk factors to cause slipped disc. Excess weights put extra strain on the muscles, and ligaments of the lower back muscles are stressed unevenly. Overweight also increases the chance of injury to the spinal disc or other spinal structures, which may manifest as chronic pain in the lower back region.