Dehydration is talked about so often that we start to tune it out. That’s what happens when you hear the same message over and over again; you become almost immune to hearing it. Well it’s time to tune back in. The first step to improving your neuropathy pain can be so simple and free. Focus on what you put into your body.
Think about your arteries and veins like a big river. That will almost always flow in some capacity. It is the creeks and the streams off the river that feed the nerves. That is called micro-circulation. If you cannot get blood flow to nerves, what happens? The nerves die. Well, in order to even think about healing them, micro- circulation has to improve to bet proper blood flow and nutrition to the nerves. One big step in that is HYDRATION.
Why is Water So Important?
The human body contains roughly eleven gallons of water, broken down into these fractional parts:
Altogether, water makes up about 66% of the human body, which means staying properly hydrated can make a huge difference in your health. If you're not regularly replenishing water lost from the body, dehydration will occur. If you're dehydrated, then poor circulation is going to be a factor in why you have nerve pain and numbness. You cannot even think about healing nerves if you do not have good micro-circulation to those nerves.
Being hydrated really helps!
How Does Hydration Affect My Neuropathy?
Hydration affects the whole body, so naturally it can exacerbate just about any medical condition. Here are a few of the benefits water provides to those suffering from neuropathy:
You used to hear people say you should drink eight glasses of water a day. However, “one size fits all” advice is never going to work for everyone. A better way to look at it is aiming to drink half your body weight in ounces. A 180 lb man would need 90 ounces of water each day- that’s more than 11 glasses! However, a 110 lb woman needs a little less than seven glasses a day.
Calculate the amount of water that’s right for you and develop a plan!
I’ve heard people complain about drinking water because they don’t like the taste. Here are a few tips to make all that water a little easier to swallow:
Get creative and add flavors – but avoid adding anything with caffeine or you’ll defeat the purpose.
Habits can be hard to break and hard to form, so making a plan is the best way to stick with it. If you’re used to drinking a lot of caffeinated beverages, you’ll want to start cutting back a bit in tandem with adding more water.
By now, you get it- hydration is key to overall health and can reduce pain and numbness of neuropathy. Share this blog far and wide – I guarantee someone you love can also benefit from being better hydrated!