2018 Energy Equation: More H2O, Less Caffeine
How bad do you really need caffeine?
Here’s a classic paradox of American society: while some health experts estimate that as many as 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, caffeine consumption is on the rise. We are literally ignorning the one ingredient that nourishes every cell in our body while consistently stimulating our central nervous system with a psychoactive drug. In other words, we are ignoring natural energy and choosing fabricated energy. And the list of side-effects that caffeine consumption continues to grow:
- Contributes to sleep disorders
- Stomach irritation
- Headaches due to dependency
- Restlessness, nervousness and anxiety
- Can worsen symptoms of a number of conditions including diabetes, epilepsy and glaucoma
- Contributes to acclerated bone loss by increasing the amount of calcium that is disposed of through urine.
The fact is that everyone’s body interacts with caffeine differently. And while only you know if you are drinking too much caffeine on a daily basis, it is worth asking if you are drinking enough water. H2O, when properly consumed, can also boost energy and may actually help you perform even better than caffeine.
The basics of hydration for energy
Choosing to reduce caffeine intake and ensure that you are properly hydrated each day can make a significant improvement in natural energy levels. Water is an essential ingredient of life; hydration is how you ensure that your cells are getting the nutrients they need, not only to survive, but to flourish. Here’s how it works:
- Hydration provides for optimal cell functioning, including cells responsible for mental and physical performance.
- Hydration boosts circulation by helping red blood cells deliver the oxygen and nutrients your cells need to perform.
- Hydration is essential for metabolism, the chemical processes that support life. Water helps the catabolic process, in which your body breaks down food molecules into energy.
Make sure you get your daily fill of water
At Holmes Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping people designing natural solutions for chronic health problems. One of the fastest ways you can improve your health this new year is by ensuring you are consuming enough water. .5-1 ounce of water per pound of body weight is generally recommended. Let’s work together to ensure you are getting enough water so that we can reduce the amount of caffeine you perceive to need. Chiropractic also helps boost energy levels naturally by reducing pain, improving range of motion and boosting circulation. Give our office in Houston a call if you are interested in making 2018 your healthtiest year yet!