The Importance of Proper Hydration and Nutrition When Living With Chronic Pain

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This morning while listening to my affirmations I began to think about the things I’m grateful for.

 

Immediately came to mind, I thought about my kitchen. It truly is one of my favorite parts of my home. It has everything I need to survive. Food. Water. And a big table to sit at and cover with all my projects ha ha. It also has my K8 machine, which gives me ionized water.

 

I’ve received criticism for my purchase. People question why I’d ever invest in something so silly as water.

 

“They have $25 dollar ones at Walmart,” I’m told.

 

I just smile and continue drinking my water.

 

 

Being a human with chronic pain and illness gets scary sometimes. The simplest change of the environment can trigger the entire body into flames. At least for me.

 

I remember this past summer I went on a lot of road trips. Traveling with chronic illness such as: osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease, autoimmune disorder, Ehlers Danlos, and Klippel-Feil Syndrome becomes tiring.

 

This past  August  while on a 12 hour car ride all the way to Ohio with family, I had the worst herniated disk I’ve ever had before. All the sitting and lying on a concrete mattress, the pressure of the irritated disk forced its way out of its safe space. Along with the missing end of my tailbone, and tumor… let’s just say it was a long, long trip.

 

However, I am truly grateful for these trips because it opened my eyes to my challenges, but also my strengths. I used my first public wheelchair, and bought a cane. Both were petrifying for me to do, I’ve always wanted to look “normal.” But once I faced my fears, it felt liberating. I didn’t know I could be confident and accommodate to my own needs, but here I was, doing it beautifully.

 

At the end of the same month I had an autoimmune flare-up, and my body went into a shock. I hadn’t been drinking enough water or eating healthy fresh fruits and veggies on these long trips and my body couldn’t handle it anymore. It ached from the deepest pits of my bones and I was an emotional wreck.

 

These stories weren’t to scare or make anyone sad, just to help show the realities of chronic pain. Even if there’s normally a smile.

 

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I am so grateful for my water because once I was back home from these trips, my entire health turned around for the better. Truly, my kidney (I only have 1) was functioning better. It was so bad that my urine had turned grey. I thought I was going to need the ER. The water helps soothe my arthritis by deeply hydrating and balancing the PH in my bones, cartilage, and muscles. It gives me the energy to get through daily fatigue, and overall makes my mood brighter. Even in the middle of a flare-up.

 

With Klippel-Feil Syndrome, and osteoarthritis it’s so important to stay hydrated. Also, proper balanced nutrition is vital. Lack of water, vitamins, and minerals in the body leads to more stress upon all organs and bodily functions. The joints and cartilage take on more stress from lack of hydration, oxygen, and overall movement. The bones rub together, as there is less healthy cartilage and water to cushion the pressure. This leads to inflammation, fatigue, and a weakened immune system due to stress. This is why natural vitamins are important too, they help every organ and function in the body run smoothly with ease.

 

I always realize I am dehydrated when the same symptoms reappear. This is my bodies way to remind me that I’m forgetting a few key components and it needs support, now!

 

Having this water waiting for me at home when I returned from my trips made me truly grateful to have such an advanced tool in my kitchen. I know not everyone have access to ionized water, let alone clean water. And there are so many people in this world with chronic pain and illness, even if they are too scared to talk about it. This water has potential to heal so many lives.

 

We all deserve the tools for better days.

 

We focus so much on trying to numb the pain, we don’t get close enough to actually hear what it truly needs to heal.

 

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And yes, that person from earlier in the article was right. They do have $25 water purifiers at Walmart. But those ones do not return your water back to origin. We need more than stripped, or chemically altered water. They do not give our cells the nutrients, hydration, and energy they need to flourish and heal. I do however believe they are okay temporary solutions, such as for camping.

 

Not all water is made the same.

 

To complete this story, I’d like to say thank you for reading and learning more about chronic pain and illness. I have made it a goal of mine to be less afraid of what makes me different, and more curious. I hope I can inspire others to do the same. 

 

I’d like to also mention, by saying these personal experiences I am making no medical claims or promises with the ionized water. This was truly just my experience, but I do urge you research into the potential benefits for yourself too. If you are curious to learn more, here is a wonderful resource to read.

 

Read what doctors, scientist, and nutritionist say about Alkaline, Ionized Kangen Water.

 

You can connect with me directly on Instagram to learn more about ionized water and how you can get this wonderful water into your life too. 

 

@simplyimshi

 

Have a gorgeous day.

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